Earlier this year, Lorenz Larkin (16-4, 1 NC) snapped a three-fight losing streak when he secured a TKO victory over John Howard. In order to keep the momentum going and avoid a possible pink slip from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), he had to best Santiago Ponzinibbio (19-3) at UFC Fight Night 70 in Hollywood, Florida.
That’s exactly what “The Monsoon” did.
At the start, Larkin connected with a kick to the body. A left hand from Larkin found the jaw of Ponzinibbio. “Gente Boa” landed a right hand in response a few seconds later. “The Monsoon” backed off his opponent with a push kick. Larkin continued to land heavy leg kicks, although his massive uppercuts only found air.
Ponzinibbio ducked under and went for a takedown, but ended up controlling Larkin against the fence. They broke free off an elbow on the top of the head from “Gente Boa.”
Ponzinibbio tired to complete a single leg takedown, but Larkin kept his balance to avoid it. Another stiff leg kick from Larkin connected and the round came to a close seconds later.
Larkin landed a big left hand in round two. He followed it up with a massive right hand in what may have been his biggest shot up to that point. Ponzinibbio continued to move forward despite taking damage. He landed a few punches, but he was on the receiving end of another hard leg kick. A right hand connected for “Gente Boa” and he threw a head kick.
“The Monsoon” landed a huge left and right hook to the jaw that sent Ponzinibbio crashing to the canvas. Larkin stuck to his opponent like glue and referee Herb Dean had seen enough.
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