With Dong Hyun Kim injured and out of a fight with Neil Magny next month at UFC 202, Lorenz Larkin has stepped in to take that fight.
The Los Angeles Daily News was first to report the new matchup.
The 29-year-old Larkin should arguably be 4-0 since dropping down to welterweight, with his only loss in that stretch coming by questionable split decision to Albert Tumenov. The former light heavyweight has been impressive at 170 lbs, and he’s taking this fight on a months notice after beating Jorge Masvidal in his most recent outing.
Magny enters the August 20 card on a 10-1 run in the division, and on a three fight winning streak after dropping a decision to top five competitor Demian Maia. He most recently took out Hector Lombard by TKO in March.
UFC 202 airs live on pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by a welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Penick’s Analysis: This is a great opportunity for Larkin on short notice. He’s been very good since dropping to 170 lbs., and his style matches up well against Magny. This should be an entertaining and competitive fight, and if Larkin can pull off a win he’ll launch himself up into the top ten. For Magny, a win will serve as a placeholder, but he’s in a spot where he’s not going to move closer to title contention without several wins in a row.
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