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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.