If Paul Daley can’t go to the UFC (and you know why he can’t, thanks to punch Josh Koscheck after the bell), then the UFC will come to him. Such was the case at Bellator 183, with his opponent taking the form of Octagon refugee Lorenz Larkin.
When Lorken transitioned to Bellator, he got an immediate shot at welterweight champ Douglas Lima. He fell short then, but like Lima, Daley lives and breathes striking – the same air that circulates within Larkin’s lungs.
They came out blazing with confidence in the first round, Daley with fast but straightforward “power” Muay Thai, Larkin with his quick, multi-directional kicking and punching. Lorenz seemed to score more effectively, knocking Daley in the chops good at couple times, and when Daley slipped on a kick, Lorenz was on him immediately.
Tactics change only slightly in the second, as Daley began to land a little more and Larkin began to tie him up and neutralize those strikes a bit more. But then Daley find an opening with a left, and Larkin was instantly stunned, and the subsequent storm of fists had Daley putting his lights out.
Results: Paul Daley def. Lorenz Larkin via KO (Punches) at 2:40, R2