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Lorenz Larkin fight shaping up as sleeper of Bellator NYC card

By in Press Enterprise on June 14, 2017

By Gabriel Rizk

If Tuesday’s media conference call to promote Bellator NYC is any indication, the larger-than-life personalities and career legacies in the main event will dominate the promotional run up to Bellator’s first foray into the pay-per-view market under CEO Scott Coker.

Main-eventer Chael Sonnen abruptly checked out halfway through the hour long session after angrily touching on the personal nature of his long-running feud with opponent Wanderlei Silva, who used the call to hurl several of his own epithet-laced barbs at Sonnen before promising a first-round knockout.

Riverside’s Lorenz Larkin and Douglas Lima don’t have any discernible score to settle and declined to offer up any verbal bombs during Tuesday’s call, but for all their welterweight title match lacks in theatrics it just might end up being the best actual fight on the blockbuster card at Madison Square Garden on June 24.

“I almost like it better (that way),” Larkin said of all the prefight hype being devoted to the main event. “At the end of the day everyone is going to see what happens and just the pure craziness of this fight. It doesn’t have to be all out there like that. Everyone will see come the night of the fight which fight on the card really stood out. I’m just patiently waiting.”

One thing Larkin hasn’t had to wait for since signing with Bellator is his first world title shot, which came within a week of Bellator taking the former UFC fighter off the free-agent market in March.

During Tuesday’s call Larkin denied that the promise of an instant title shot was an explicit incentive in his signing.

“When I made this deal with Bellator there were no talks of a title shot. We weren’t even talking about an opponent yet,” Larkin said “The whole basis of that was just getting a deal done. I […]    

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