When Lorenz Larkin debuted with the UFC this April, he convinced most viewers that he belonged on the big stage, outlanding his opponent, Francis Carmont, at nearly a 3:1 rate. Unfortunately for Larkin, the gap in production was not enough to convince even one cage-side judge that he deserved the W, so his inaugural UFC result was a losing one.
In speaking with MMA Junkie after the fact, Larkin made his thoughts on the outcome clear: "I was like, 'I won that fight,'" he exclaimed.
Given the boos that greeted the proclamation of Carmont's victory at the HP Pavilion, as well as the Twitter reaction that followed, Larkin is hardly alone. It seems that the judges, who exercised the only opinions that really mattered, were of a minority.
But as Larkin explains, he wasn't truly angered by the decision until he rewatched the action:
To me, he took me down one time, and that was legitimately in his favor. But there were six seconds on the clock. He didn't throw a punch; he just held my feet. I did give that to him. But the other time he took me down, I was offensive on the ground. I swept him, and I don't know if I got any points for that.
When you consider that Carmont's two successful takedowns came as a result of 11 attempts, the numbers seem to favor Larkin across the board. So, in spite of the result, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot Larkin could have done differently to procure a victory—except, of course, finish.
"The only regret I have in the fight is when I swept him with a kimura, I wish I would have held on to it," he said. "I wish I would have just Frank Mir'd it."
The defeat was the first of Larkin's career. He has no scheduled upcoming bout, but he will likely be given the chance to bounce back sometime this summer.
As for Carmont, the fight marked the second straight time that he left the Octagon with a highly controversial W. Prior to edging out a win over Larkin, he was given the nod in a split-decision win over Tom Lawlor.