The victory improves Lawal's record to 9-1, and he said he's hoping to re-take the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt in his next fight. That belt is currently vacant, but it would make sense for Lawal to get one of the two spots in a fight for the vacant title.
"Next person is taking a beating like this, too," Lawal said.
Lawal took Larkin down less than 30 seconds into the first round and stayed on top for about three and a half minutes, easily controlling the fight with ground and pound that Larkin couldn't answer. The fighters were only brought to their feet because of a highly questionable stand-up by referee Kim Winslow, but Larkin failed to do anything with that gift from the ref.
It was the same story in the second round: Lawal grabbed Larkin's leg and worked for the single, needing less than a minute to get the fight to the ground and get into control on top. But this time Lawal did a lot more than just control from the top. He began pounding Larkin's head with big right hands, and Larkin simply had no answer. After a bunch of rights connected to Larkin's eye, Winslow had no choice but to step in and stop it.