Las Vegas, Nevada: Albert Tumenov used effective striking to secure an entertaining decision victory over Lorenz Larkin at UFC 195.
UFC 195 took place on January 2, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Albert Tumenov vs. Lorenz Larkin took place on the main card which aired on PPV.
Round 1: Both men begin quite tentative, respectful of one another’s power. Tumenov lands a nice straight left and backs away, evading the counter strike. Marching down Larkin, Tumenov hits another left-right, forcing his opponent to circle away. Larkin throws a left hook, right leg kick combination, but Tumenov is pushing forward without interruption. Tumenov lands another combination at the two minute mark and Larkin is once again trying to retreat from being against the cage. Tumenov lands a good left high kick, looking for any possible openings. Overall, a very strong round for Tumenov, based on the striking dominance.
Round 2: Larkin lands a nice right hand, but is still on the defensive in the second. Tumenov rocks Larkin with some hard left body shots, and Larkin is forced to retreat. A nice leg kick lands for Larkin, and he misses a followup backfist attempt. Tumenov lands some more hard body shots after checking a leg kick and presses forward. With less than a minute to go, Tumenov shoots for a takedown but it is reversed. Another good round for the Russian.
Round 3: Larkin starts off the third more aggressive, looking to get some early strikes on Tumenov. Larkin lands another pair of leg kicks and back-peddles to avoid retaliation. Tumenov starts to turn up the volume, knowing he needs to defuse any attempts by Larkin to steal the momentum of the match. Tumenov scores another hard hook to the body of Larkin and pushes forward. ‘Einstein’ scores some more body shots and avoids a double-leg attempt from Larkin. As the fight comes to a close, Larkin lends a quick right hand. Very entertaining match-up.
Official Result: Albert Tumenov def. Lorenz Larkin via split decision. (29-28 Tumenov, 29-28 Larkin, 29-28 Tumenov).
With his fifth straight UFC win, Albert Tumenov advances to 17-2. Lorenz Larkin falls to 16-5.
16-4 Larkin 16-2 Tumenov