Lorenz Larkin vs. Constantinos Philippou set for ‘UFC Fight Night 40′ in Cincinnati
UFC officials announced today that a middleweight bout between Lorenz Larkin (14-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Constantinos Philippou (12-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will take place at May’s ‘UFC Fight Night 40′ event in Cincinnati.
After reeling off 5¬†consecutive victories to put himself in UFC middleweight title contention, Constantinos Philippou has since¬†suffered back-to-back losses inside of the octagon. At September’s UFC 165 event in Toronto, Costas suffered a unanimous decision loss to opponent Francis Carmont. The loss to Carmont served as Philippou’s first defeat¬†since March of 2011. Philippou most recently saw action in the headlining bout of January’s “UFC Fight Night 35″ event opposite former Strikeforce¬†champion Luke Rockhold. Unfortunately for fans of Costas, Rockhold defeated him via first round TKO after landing¬†a nasty body kick.
Lorenz Larkin has gone 1-2 since joining the¬†UFC ranks from the former Strikeforce promotion. Larkin defeated¬†Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision to earn his first UFC win at the organizations ‘Fight For The Troops 3′ event in November of 2013. Larkin’s most recent effort¬†came at January’s “UFC Fight Night 35″ event in Duluth, opposite¬†Hawaiian Brad Tavares. The Kailua native out-pointed Larkin on all three judges scorecards to earn the unanimous decision that evening.
The ‘UFC Fight Night 40′ event¬†takes place May 10¬†live from¬†Cincinnati‚Äôs U.S. Bank Arena. The main card is¬†set to air on FOX Sports 1, following the prelims which show on UFC Fight Pass. A¬†headliner for the event has yet to be¬†announced.
The ‘UFC Fight Night 40′¬†event in Cincinnati¬†now includes the following bouts:
- Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch
- Johnny Eduardo vs. Eddie Wineland
- Lorenz Larkin vs. Constantinos Philippou
- Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall
- Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal
- Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz
- Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague
- Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka
- Yan Cabral vs. Alexander Yakovlev