by Adam Martin
A steady week of new fight announcements isn’t complete without one more, and it’s a good one.
According to Dan Algeria of The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, Calif., former Strikeforce middleweight Lorenz Larkin will take on the up-and-coming Francis Carmont at UFC on FOX 7, which takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Algeria said it’s not yet known if the fight will take place on the main card or the prelims, but it’s more than likely to be a preliminary card matchup considering the caliber of fights already booked for the card.
Larkin vs. Carmont is an intriguing matchup between two of the top middleweight prospects in the UFC.
Larkin (13-0, 1 NC) is an excellent striker who has looked fantastic since dropping down to middleweight, dispatching of veteran Robbie Lawler with ease in his first bout. Larkin decided to make the drop to 185 after he was TKOed by Muhammed Lawal at a Strikeforce event last January, although it should be noted that loss was changed to a No Contest after Lawal tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended, so technically Larkin is still undefeated. A native of California, the 25-year-old went 4-0, 1 NC overall in Strikeforce and is one of the dark horses to make a run at the UFC middleweight title, so he should be very anxious to put on a show against Carmont in his UFC debut.
Carmont (20-7) is a training partner of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre up at TriStar Gym in Montreal. A physically-imposing specimen, Carmont has been solid in the UFC so far, racking up a 4-0 record with wins over Tom Lawlor, Karlos Vemola, Magnus Cedenblad, and Chris Camozzi. The last fight against Lawlor at UFC 154 was considered controversial as many felt Lawlor should have been awarded the decision, but two Quebec judges saw Carmont winning the fight and thus he rides a winning streak of nine-straight into this scrap with Larkin. Both Carmont and Larkin have no problem standing and banging, but look for Carmont to try and get the takedowns and exploit Larkin’s weak ground game. If it stays standing, though, it’s likely Larkin has the advantage.
This fight could play out in all sorts of ways so it will be interesting to see what happens in the cage when these two warriors meet this spring.
UFC on FOX 7 is headlined by UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson putting his belt on the line against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, while the co-main event of the evening sees heavyweight Daniel Cormier fight Frank Mir. As well, welterweights Dan Hardy and Matt Brown collide and lightweights Nate Diaz and Josh Thomson go to war.
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