Bellator Fighting Championships has announced undefeated lightweight Eric Larkin will drop to 145-pounds this March and serve as one of eight men competing throughout Season 4 for a $100,000 pay day and the right to face promotional champ Joe Warren in a title-fight.
“The major benefits I’m going to get from dropping down to 145 are primarily going to be strength and leverage,” explained Larkin of his decision to test his skills in the lower division. “I definitely feel like I’m going to be stronger at 145 than I would be at 155. At lightweight, there are guys cutting down from 180 and 190 to make the weight and I’m not even close to that. I think this cut to featherweight is going to be great for me.”
Larkin, a highly decorated collegiate wrestler with a national championship to his credit, is 3-0 thus far since entering professional MMA in early 2010 with three first-round finishes including a Guillotine Choke of Marcus Andrusia at Bellator 28 last September.
“I’m thrilled to announce Larkin as our first confirmed participant in our upcoming Featherweight Tournament,” said Bellator’s head-honcho Bjorn Rebney. “Eric has unlimited potential in this sport, and I’m excited to see how he does in this stacked tournament.”
While no other featherweights have been named for the tournament it is expected Bellator will announce them in the next few weeks. Possibilities based on the company’s roster would seemingly include Joe Soto, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, and Wilson Reis.
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