The pay-per-view card kicks off with welterweight champ Douglas Lima taking on challenger – and Bellator newcomer – Lorenz Larkin.
Larkin used his time in the Octagon to sharpen his already-dangerous striking chops into something even more dangerous; Lima, meanwhile, has established his Bellator-cage dominance with his own stand-up prowess. So, yeah, there’s going to be some kicks and punches thrown in this one.
Round 1 opens with these guys not wasting much time engaging, with their kicks flicking out as the dial in the range. Both men score, especially when they add punches to the mix, but with not a lot of combinations thrown, it ends up being a pretty even round.
The second sees Lima turn up the heat right out of the gate, and after Larkin takes it, he returns fire and bangs the champ up nicely with his punches. But Lima nails him with a hook that sends him to the canvas, and for the next 30 or so seconds the Brazilian tries to finish him with fists. Larkin ties him up in the guard and recovers, and the horn sounds with them on the feet.
The UFC vet seems to have shaken off all the cobwebs when the third round commences, and while Lima peppers hi with kicks, Larkin tries to create openings with his jab. Neither man is willing to commit recklessly though, so they end up dancing quite a bit before the bell.
Sensing that he’s likely behind on the scorecards, Larkin increases his output in the fourth. However, he still has trouble finding openings, and whenever Lima gets aggressive, Larkin backs off. In the final 30 seconds, Lima simply pushes an off-balance Larkin down, but they’re not down there long, and again they on their feet at the bell.
Larkin resumes his efforts to poke a hole in his opponent’s defenses, and even lands a jumping spinning back-kick, but Lima is too disciplined to make a mistake. The final ten seconds sees them swinging away.
Results: Douglas Lima def. Lorenz Larkin via Unanimous Decision