The co-main event was a middleweight bout between two exciting strikers as Brad Tavares (11-1) took on Lorenz Larkin (14-1, 1 NC).
Strikeforce import Lorenz Larkin had made a name for himself due to his speed and power with his kicks, making him a handful for any fighter. For Tavares, more than half of his professional career has been in the UFC and with just one loss, he knows how to get comfortable in the Octagon as he currently rides a four fight win streak.
These results will be posted live. The UFC Fight Night 35 main card begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Round 1: Neither fighter wanted to make a mistake and give up early momentum. Larkin bounced around on his feet and danced around Tavares who squared up while waiting to counter. Both were able to find small openings but nothing significant landed.
Round 2: The punches that landed in round 2, were tight, close punches that didn’t have far to travel. On the outside they would fall away from their target. Tavares kept his head low, while Larkin kept his head up as he bounced on his feet. Tavares was able to get Larkin down. He moved to the back of Larkin and tried to work the leg with kicks utilizing the heel. Larkin reversed in to the guard of Tavares and finished the round on top although it was a brief moment of control.
Round 3: Tavares activity in the third round was a deterrent to the offense of Larkin who was suspended in air in front of him. Larkin sprawled on a takedown and worked for a guillotine but couldn’t get it finalized. On another shot, Larkin landed a number of elbows to the side of Tavares’ head. Tavares eventually broke free and back peddled. The round ended as it was dictated, slowly.
Official Result: Brad Tavares defeats Lorenz Larkin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
For more live UFC Fight Night 35 coverage visit SciFighting.com