Lorenz Larkin’s poor start at Bellator continued at Bellator 183 when Paul Daley smacked him with a left hook that knocked him out standing 2:40 into round two.
Lorenz Larkin’s decision to change his plan of attack heading into round two would be a costly one. In round one, Larkin was getting the better of Daley at range and also beat him up on the ground after Daley slipped and fell. For unknown reasons, Larkin started to clinch with Daley against the cage in round two, and this would give Daley the perfect opportunity to land his famous left hook to the chin of Larkin.
Paul “Semtex” Daley now moves to 40-15-2 and quickly recovers from his submission defeat to Rory MacDonald at Bellator 179. Moments after his hand was raised inside the cage, Daley called out Michael “Venom” Page, before seemingly backtracking in the hours afterward. Regarding the fight, Daley commented:
“The fight went as planned. I felt great and I knew how this would end. Lorenz Larkin was acting very uncharacteristically leading up to the fight and when I saw all of his antics and what not, I knew the fight would only end one way and that’s with him flat on the canvas.”
Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin entered Bellator after consecutive wins against Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny. Larkin was (and still is) regarded as one of the best welterweight talents in the world and Scott Coker had paid him that respect with an immediate title challenge with Douglas Lima on arrival at Bellator NYC. After losing to Lima via decision and now Daley via second-round KO, Larkin may need to take a step back and re-strategize before entering the cage once more.
There’s no glove touch here as Paul Daley and Lorenz Larkin look to get things going immediately. Although there was no respect shown for that moment, the two clearly had tremendous respect for each other’s abilities as they patiently waited for their opportunities. Larkin was the aggressor in the early moments and was following Daley around the cage but never moving inside punching range.
Larkin began to have success connecting with his outstanding leg kicks mid-way through round one. Daley was opting to scoot backward out of range rather than check the kicks and he was often too slow. Larkin began to open up with punches as the round progressed, but the biggest moment of round one came when Daley slipped to the canvas after attempting a head kick. Larkin pounced on Daley, and after falling into his guard, he eventually passed into side control where he started to beat down on Daley with elbows.
In round two, Larkin began to lift the pace and began to push Daley against the cage. This, however, would give Daley the perfect opportunity to land his punches. After forcing a separation, Daley flurried some punches and connected cleanly with some shots. It was the first time all fight that Daley had success landing his punches and it was Larkin who was doing all the work for him by helping close the distance. Another clinch against the cage would spell goodnight for Lorenz Larkin as, similar to before, Daley separated and exploded with a left hook that knocked Lorenz Larkin out standing. Daley followed up with some shots, but it was already over.
Paul Daley’s knockout will be remembered for years to come. Not only was the knockout blow unexpected during the fight, but he also had entered the fight as a betting underdog against the former-UFC welterweight.
Fight rating: 68/100
Paul Daley displayed brilliant patience and composure through the early stages of the fight, and it kept Lorenz Larkin from turning up the volume with strikes. Daley was ready to counter every time Larkin moved into punching range, however, he was unable to do any work of his own. When Lorenz Larkin started to close the distance and force the fight to the cage, it opened up opportunities for Daley to land hard shots off the break.
Daley’s left hook is incredible, and it found another victim at Bellator 183.
Finish rating: 83/100
Lorenz Larkin had a great first round. He punished Daley for his one mistake and showed effective aggression. Larkin wasn’t able to get his striking going, though, and felt inclined to work Daley against the cage for some reason. Larkin’s best success, as per most fights, was his damaging leg kicks.