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Strikeforce Round-by-Round Review: Robbie Lawler vs. Lorenz Larkin

Our first main card bout features middleweights Robbie Lawler (19-8) and Lorenz Larkin (12-0). Larkin is moving down from the ranks of light heavyweight. The referee will be John McCarthy.

Round 1: A touch of gloves and we are off. The two each throw kicks that cancel each other out, as Lawler has thrown four kicks to zero punches to start. Lawler hits Larkin, but Larkin fires right back. Lawler now throwing heavy hands at Larkin, pushing him against the fence. Larkin with a trip takedown and he lands on top, throwing quick elbows and strikes to Lawler. Larkin moving, but Lawler gets back to his feet. Larkin landing some heavy punches, and mixing in leg kicks, as Lawler begins stalking him. Uppercut and an elbow by Larkin connect to the head of Lawler. Now, it's Lawler holding Larkin against the fence, but Larkin slips out and lands two uppercuts and a knee. Third uppercut by Larkin, as Lawler fires off a knee as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larkin

Round 2: Larkin trying to take the lead leg out of Lawler, a round after landing 22 power strikes to just four by Lawler. Larkin with a straight right and landing several knees, as Lawler uses his power to push Larkin against the fence. Larkin very effective with his striking abilities so far, but Lawler fires off a heavy-handed combo. Larkin goes for a guillotine choke, but Lawler rolls out of it. Larkin with a head-kick that lands, as a huge cut appears on the head of Lawler with blood flowing down his face as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larkin

Round 3: The cut is deep on Lawler, something that could halt the fight if the blood continues to flow. Lawler comes out different, looking for the kill shot against Larkin. Kick to the body by Lawler, but he pushes up against Larkin instead of trying to tee off on him. Appears as though Lawler doesn't believe he can knock Larkin out. Lawler with some heavy punches, but Larkin comes right back with plenty of his own, moving much better than Lawler is. Just over two minutes to go, Larkin with a front kick to keep Lawler away from him. Larkin with a nice combo, using his jab effectively as Lawler gets wild. Larkin teeing off, landing a right and a left, followed by a kick to the face that grazes Lawler. Vision issues starting for Lawler due to the cut, as blood is going into the right eye. A minute to go, as Lawler fires off a big left. Larkin just picking Lawler apart with ease, landing jabs and kicks without any defense by Lawler. Larkin lands some elbows as Lawler tries to hit him with a big knee as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larkin

Lorenz Larkin def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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