Koreshkov’s Legacy Matters Little To Larkin
Even though Andrey Koreskhov has the most wins in the history of Bellator’s welterweight division, his Bellator 229 opponent Lorenz Larkin doesn’t care.
“It’s crazy how long he’s been in Bellator, and, who’s he fought?” Larkin asked at Bellator 229 media day.
“Ben Henderson I don’t count, he’s a (1)55er. He’s one hell of a fighter but he’s a ‘55er at the end of the day, and Ben Askren. Those are the two high-level guys he’s fought, and (Douglas) Lima. So, Askren and Lima, and who else has he fought? Everybody else in the top welterweights has not fought this guy.”
“The only thing I can come up with is, his name is not there, so maybe people are aiming for the Rorys, the Limas, and they don’t want to fight, even the top guys don’t want to fight Koreshkov, because the average fan doesn’t know that he’s really good,” Larkin said.
“Some of these guys he beat, who are these guys? Give me some local talent of the town, you know? I can do whatever I want in the cage. So I watch the highlights and that’s why they don’t count to me. You’re not doing that on a Lima, you’re not doing that on a (Paul) Daley, you’re not doing that to Michael Page or the top guys. So, we’ll see.”
Following a much-hyped move from the UFC to Bellator, but took losses to both Paul Daley and Douglas Lima in his first two fights for the promotion.
Now, riding a two-fight win streak, Larkin looks to ride that momentum even though he’s been on the shelf with a back injury.
“I’ve had runs like that before,” Larkin said of his rough start for the Viacom owned promotion.
“I’ve overcame them. I just don’t dwell on it, you know what I mean? It’s the fight game, anything can happen. Like, the fight with Daley. That’s one of the hardest losses that I’ve had because I was doing everything right and he got a lucky, good shot. But that’s the game. That’s why a lot of people don’t survive in this game, because there’s so much mental behind it. I’ve been on a four-fight losing streak in the UFC and I overcame that and did two bonuses back to back. So I don’t even dwell on it.”
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