UFC 177 Larkin-Brunson, Prelims Preview


Lorenz “The Monsoon” LarkinSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (14-3, 1 NC) faces Derek Brunson (11-3) in a middleweight bout to close out the UFC 177 Prelims on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass Saturday night. Larkin will be in his fifth fight since joining the UFC and has been on the losing end of three of those fights including the last two. Brunson is getting set for his fourth UFC fight having won two-of-three but dropping his most recent fight.

Larkin’s most recent loss was a first round stoppage against Costas Philippou (13-4, 1 NC) at UFC Fight Night Cincinnati in May. Fighting out of Riverside, California Larkin features agility, creativity, power and finishing ability and is matched up against Brunson who relies more on his speed and power. The Wilmington, North Carolina fighter lost his last fight to No. 10 contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (8-1) in a third round stoppage.

No. 15 flyweight contender Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen (15-9) squares off with Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo (6-0) in a battle of wrestlers. Joregensen just snapped a three fight losing streak with a win by unanimous decision over Danny “The Gremlin” Martinez (17-6) at UFC Fight Night Albuquerque in June. Cejudo is making his UFC debut in the fight.

Ruan “Fangzz” Potts (8-2) is set to battle Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton (12-3) in a heavyweight fight that pits the striker Potts in a style contrast match against the wrestler Hamilton. Potts dropped his UFC debut by getting stopped in the first round by Sao “The Hulk” Palelei (21-4) at UFC Fight Night Cincinnati in May. Hamilton also dropped his first UFC fight in a submission loss to Oleksiy “The Boa Constrictor” Oliynyk at UFC Fight Night San Antonio in June.

A pair of bantamweight debuts take place as Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto (15-2) meets Anthony “El Toro” Birchak (11-1) in a match-up between two wrestlers. Soto brings more of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu approach to his ground game while Birchak works more for submissions.

Chris Wade (7-1) matches up with Cain Carrizosa (6-0) in a lightweight bout in which Wade looks to showcase his mix of kickboxing and wrestling against Carrizosa’s all-around game.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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