Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker has spoken to mmajunkie.com explaining the reasons why Lorenz Larkin was surprisingly named the number one contender to the promotions middleweight title, and it seems the argument all made sense following a discussion with matchmaker, Sean Shelby.
“If you look at Lorenz Larkin’s record when he was fighting at 205, he had the one loss with ‘King Mo,’ who tested positive for that fight and it was ruled a no-contest, so he had an undefeated record. And he had such an impressive performance with Robbie. When we talked about it (after the fight), I hadn’t had a chance to talk to Sean yet and see what his thoughts were.
But I feel really good about this fight because Lorenz, to me honestly, is probably the most dangerous striker in MMA right now. He reminds me of a K-1 fighter back in the day with just tremendous kicking ability, good movement, great boxing skills. The guy took it to Robbie pretty good, and that’s really what got him the shot with Luke. That’s how it turned out. Jacare, in my mind, after Lorenz now, he’ll be the No. 2 contender.”
Larkin is a former light heavyweight and has an undefeated record right now. He has one no contest on his resume after his bout against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was overturned following Lawal’s suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.