Eric Larkin, the 2003 NCAA Division I 149-pound wrestling champ and four-time All American at Arizona State, has signed with Bellator and will debut as a lightweight before participating in the promotion’s featherweight tournament.
“Seeing friends of mine from ASU like Ryan Bader, CB Dollaway, and Aaron Simpson get to where they are now in MMA and working out with them all the time let me know that I should make the transition,” said Larkin. “They were always trying to talk me into it and finally I was like, ‘Alright, I’ll do it’.”
Training out of The Lions Den in Scottsdale, Arizona alongside Bellator welterweight challenger Ben Askren, Larkin has gone 2-0 since making his MMA debut last year.
“I have the same outlook on my approach to the fight game that Ben Askren does: I’m going to take you down and ground and pound you until someone can stop it,” said Larkin.