Larkin impresses, Vanier gets away with one at Bellator 28


Four-time All-American wrestler and NCAA Division I champ Eric Larkin wrapped up his third straight MMA victory in as many tries at Bellator 28 in New Orleans on Thursday night.

Larkin got off to a quick start, dropping Marcus Andrusia with a surprise head kick in the opening seconds, then adding some vicious ground-and-pound as Andrusia struggled to regain his bearings. After taking a beating in the half-guard, Andrusia attempted to sit up and got caught in a tight guillotine choke from Larkin, forcing Andrusia to submit at 2:46 of round 1.

"I actually had a coach text me today and say, 'Hey, you should throw the head kick. He'll never expect it.' And I landed it," Larkin said after the victory.

The win brings Larkin's record to 3-0 since beginning his pro MMA career in April. Though he wrestled at 149 pounds, the fight with Andrusia took place at lightweight as a precursor to Larkin moving down to featherweight to compete in Bellator's 145-pound tournament.

"I'm excited," said Larkin. "I weighed in at like 153 or 154. I actually got down there pretty light, so that's not going to be that bad to get down to 145."

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I_Bang_Dudes site profile image  

9/10/10 10:28 PM by I_Bang_Dudes

That's incredible...

Tractor site profile image  

9/10/10 10:07 PM by Tractor

yeah thats spawn

655321 site profile image  

9/10/10 9:10 PM by 655321

Nah...he should have to fight Rich in the next show, LOL!

sam ortiz site profile image  

9/10/10 6:18 PM by sam ortiz

wtf that ref needs to be kicked in the balls

promoter site profile image  

9/10/10 4:45 PM by promoter

In the Clementi fight, the referee apologized afterward, saying he didn't know that a three-point stance was considered down.My 13-year-old son pointed it out... you'd think a sanctioned referee would at least know the rules!!!

Doo Doo site profile image  

9/10/10 3:06 PM by Doo Doo

Way to represent!!! WAR Tractor!!! I'm jealous you kicked it with black dynamite... shit...

mjm345 site profile image  

9/10/10 2:15 PM by mjm345

I agree Josh. Someone did not do their homework when they booked the show. Only thing I can think is that the venue rental must have been dirt cheap because no one else in their right mind would hold an event in NO last night.

joshjitsu site profile image  

9/10/10 11:42 AM by joshjitsu

I still just cannot understand why Bellator would do something as stupid as trying to hold a card in New Orleans the same night of the Season opener against the team who won the superbowl last year. And a rematch of the best game of last year. Truly puzzles me.

BJ Pencil site profile image  

9/10/10 10:14 AM by BJ Pencil

congrats tractor! next time will be better, i'm sure. you still need to come check out my new gym in gulfport!