Lorenz Larkin and Brad Tavares set to throw down at Georgia show

Young, hungry, dynamic middleweights will pair off when Brad

Tavares meets Lorenz Larkin at the UFC Fight Night scheduled for

Jan. 15 in Duluth, Georgia.

The fight was confirmed by the UFC on Friday.

Given their respective fight styles, the bout should be ripe

with fireworks. Tavares swings heavy leather and has a

battle-tested chin, while Larkin is flashy and creative with his

attacks, with demonstrable knockout power.

Tavares comes in riding momentum, with four straight wins and an

11-1 record. During his recent streak, he’s defeated Bubba

McDaniel, Riki Fukuda, Tom Watson and Dongi Yang.

The 25-year-old Hawaiian could be within a win or two of

cracking the division’s top 10.

Larkin has only a single career loss, in a wrestling-heavy fight

to current No. 8 Francis Carmont. In his last bout, he earned a

strong unanimous decision victory over Chris Camozzi at the recent

UFC Fight for the Troops 3 event.

Larkin’s career mark is 14-1 with 1 no contest, and he

holds a notable win over surging welterweight Robbie Lawler. Eight

of his wins have come by knockout.

The matchup will take place as part of the fast-forming UFC

Fight Night event headlined by fellow middleweights Luke Rockhold

and Costa Philippou. The action takes place at the Arena at the

Gwinnett Center.