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Strikeforce Live Blog: Robbie Lawler vs. Lorenz Larkin

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Robbie Lawler will try to hand Lorenz Larkin his first career loss Saturday night at the Rose Garden (Esther Lin, Showtime).
Robbie Lawler will try to hand Lorenz Larkin his first career loss Saturday night at the Rose Garden (Esther Lin, Showtime).

This is the Strikeforce live blog for Robbie Lawler vs. Lorenz Larkin, a middleweight bout for Saturday night's Strikeforce event at the Rose Garden.

Lawler, who is 2-2 in his last four fights, will fight Larkin, whose last bout against King Mo was declared a no-contest, on the main card.

Check out the live blog below.

Round 1: Big John McCarthy is our referee. Neither fighter throwing early. Larkin gauges his distance with a missed leg kick. Lawler stumbles Larkin with a right hook and Larkin may be in trouble. Lawler swarms, but Larkin ties up against the fence. Larkin seems to be recovered now and trips Lawler to the mat. Larkin dives in and passes to half guard. Lawler gets an inch of distance, scrambles up to his feet and ties back up. Larkin moves out and tosses out a few short punches. Lawler just barely slips a flying knee. Another tie up with Lawler pressing Larkin against the cage, Larkin staying busy with short strikes though. Ten seconds left and neither fighter can mount any offense. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Larkin.

Round 2: Larkin smashes a kick into Lawler's thigh to start the round. Another kick for Larkin, and another. Larkin lunges in with a combination of knees and Lawler desperately pushes him against the fence. Lawler drops for a double-leg, but Larkin fights it off, reverses, and in a scramble, nearly grabs a guillotine. Lawler winds up back in control of the clinch and Larkin can't seem to find a way off the fence. Less than a minute left, Big John has seen enough, he separates the fighters. Lawler ducks down only to get absolutely blasted with a head kick. He's sliced open and blood is pouring down his forehead. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Larkin.

Round 3: Lawler comes out desperately pushing forward. Larkin ends up back against the fence, fighting off a double-leg. Lawler lifts Larkin's right leg up then connects with a stiff one-two. Larkin shakes it off and re-takes the center of the ring. Larkin stalking Lawler, misses a right and eats a counter. Larkin casually tosses out a push kick then a front kick. Two minutes left in the fight and blood is oozing down Lawler's head. Larkin stays busy while Lawler is completely unable to mount any effective offense. Another kick from Larkin, followed by a right hook. Larkin starting to find his mark with a slew of combinations. Lawler throws a desperation haymaker but it isn't even close. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Larkin.

Lorenz Larkin def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)