Bellator Signs Lorenz Larkin
Another big free agent has announced that he is signing with Bellator. Lorenz Larkin, who was a top-8 welterweight in the UFC when his contract ran out, has signed a deal with the Scott-Coker led promotion and will be the latest addition in their increasingly stacked 170 lb. division.
The signing was announced by Larkin in an interview with The Press Enterprise.
“It’s been a long process, I didn’t expect it to be that long,” Larkin said. “I wanted someone to get behind me and have some faith that I can deliver and I can be an asset to wherever I go and that’s what I felt like with Bellator. They pretty much checked off all the things that I was looking for.”
Larkin’s last fight in the UFC was an impressive first-round stoppage victory over Neil Magny at UFC 202. It was the final fight on his contract, as he rejected what he referred to as a "lowball" offer from the UFC.
"We are so happy to bring Lorenz back home," Bellator CEO Scott Coker said. "There are a bunch of great matchups for him over here and I look forward to seeing his exciting style inside the Bellator cage soon."
While the UFC has remained the deepest talent pool in the sport of MMA, Bellator’s 170 lb. weight class has grown into quite the exciting division. Larkin joins another big-name free agent Rory MacDonald, Paul Daley, Michael Page and Douglas Lima at the top of the welterweight division.