UFC Fight Night 35 live blog: Lorenz Larkin vs. Brad Tavares

Lorenz Larkin, left, aims for his second straight win at UFC Fight Night 35. - Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC Fight Night 35 live blog for Lorenz Larkin vs. Brad Tavares, a middleweight bout at Wednesday night's UFC event at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

Larkin, who is 1-1 in the UFC, will face Tavares, who has won four of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 35 live blog below.


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Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee. Both fighters open orthodox. Short left scores for Tavares and Larkin circles out. Hard outside leg kick from Tavares finds the mark. Tavares going back and forth with outside leg kicks and inside body kicks. Larkin scores with a hard right hand, but can't follow it up. And then another short right plus a leg kick, but Tavares responds with a right of his own. Larkin whiffs on a roundhouse and Tavares gets behind him for a takedown and pulls Larkin to a knee.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Tavares

Round 2: Inside leg kick for Larkin opens the frame. Larkin throws three-strike combo, but it's all blocked. Tavares scores his own outside leg kick. Both fighters exchange leg kicks again, but neither of much substance. Tavares going in and outside with kicks now. He drives Larkin to the fence for a takedown, but can't get it. Tavares snatches Larkin away from the fence, then dives on his back. Larkin times a reverse and turns into Tavares' guard.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Tavares

Round 3: Tavares pressuring Larkin early and scores two hard outside leg kicks. Tavares fakes a takedown and scores with a right hand as Larkin drops his hands to defend. Larkin pressuring and scores a body kick. He sprawls off a failed takedown from Tavares and nearly locks up a guillotine, but Tavares rolls out and escapes. Larkin backs up and Dean makes them stand. Tavares pressuring Larkin into the fence, but Larkin is battering him with heavy elbows to the side of the head. Larkin connects with a monster uppercut as Tavares tries to pull Larkin off the fence, but the Hawaiian is no worse for the wear. Tavares changes levels just at the end of the round, but Larkin stops it.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Larkin and the fight 29-28 Tavares

Brad Tavares def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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