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was on a two-fight win streak. He knocked out Neil Magny and beat Jorge Masivdal by a decision, who seems like he is one or two fights away from challenging for the UFC welterweight title himself. However, in an era where 'Cash Me Ousside' girl could draw more than champions, those wins just don't seem to matter to the UFC. This is something that Bellator has been steadily capitalizing on over the years, resulting in building quite a roster off of their big brother's hand-me-downs that found themselves with no negotiating leverage.

"I think a lot of guys think that way in the sport, as far in that organization or if they’re not even picked up yet, and that’s their goal — just to say ‘I’m a UFC fighter.’ But in reality that doesn’t mean anything if you’re not getting taken care of," Larkin said to The Press Enterprise. "I wanted someone to get behind me and have some faith that I can deliver and I can be an asset to wherever I go and that’s what I felt like with Bellator. They pretty much checked off all the things that I was looking for.”

It doesn't quite make sense for the UFC to let a dynamic, winning fighter who pulls off spinning freaking back kicks to the legs walk out of the door. The hard truth is that fighters saw how much the UFC sold for, how much money other tattooed Irish fighter's are making, and now they all want their share. Before, it'd be a dead end — unless you're Georges St-Pierre — but now Bellator is becoming the WCW Nitro to UFC's RAW.

Re-kindling his friendship with Scott Coker, Larkin joins a huge list of UFC alumni to pick up right where he left off in the Strikeforce days. Although, Robbie Lawler isn't there for their rematch. Yet.

Former UFC Fighters Currently in Bellator:

  • Tito Ortiz
  • Phil Davis
  • Paul Daley
  • Dhiego Lima
  • Cheick Kongo
  • Chael Sonnen
  • Kendall Grove
  • Matt Mitrione
  • Josh Thomson
  • Josh Koscheck
  • Rory MacDonald
  • Benson Henderson


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