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The Brainerd Brawler is back! Print E-mail
Written by Ben Pherson   
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 00:49

There’s no denying Brock Larson is one of the most successful mixed martial artists ever to come out of Minnesota.

Larson, 32, has fought for a world title (WEC), something he never dreamed would happen when he started his MMA career, nearly eight years ago.

Still, despite all of his success and his impressive 29-4 career record, Larson is riding a two-fight losing streak, the first of his career.

Larson suffered back-to-back losses to Mike Pierce (UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard) and Brain Foster (UFC 106) and was subsequently cut from the UFC.

The Brainerd Brawler didn’t look quite the same in his last two fights. But when Minnesota MMA News caught up with Larson this weekend at Gladiators in Rochester, he promised fans would see the old Brawler back in the cage very soon.

So Brock, you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. You rent out your cage, you’re opening a gym, you have a fight coming up at Target Center (April 24 against Brian Green) and you help run an MMA promotion (CFX). Are you overwhelmed yet?

LARSON: Yeah. I’ve got the cage rental stuff going on, (we’re promoting) fights in St. Cloud on (Feb. 13), I’m fighting and promoting (CFX), I’ve got the fight at the Target Center in April. I’ve got a lot of things going on. I’m opening a gym (this week). So yeah, it’s craziness. But it’s good crazy, healthy crazy.

When you’ve got a fight that far out (April 24), when do you really kick up your training?

LARSON: I’ll start really dieting at about 10 weeks out, and then I’ll start training really, really hard about eight weeks out. Slowly I’ll hit my peak, and I’ll be peaking right at that eight weeks. I’ll really be ready to fight then. The cardio builds and builds, and I’ll be at my best then.

You’re fighting Brian Green out of Iowa. Do you know much about him?

LARSON: I don’t know much. All I know is that he beat Nik Lentz, and I ref'd the fight. He’s a good jiu-jitsu guy; he’s pretty good on his back. But I’m a brown belt in Guerrilla jiu-jitsu under Dave Camarillo, so I don’t think he’s going to show much that I haven’t seen. All I know is that he’s talked a little bit of smack. I guess he approached the matchmaker, and he called me out, saying Brock’s washed up and he wanted to fight me. So, I figured I’d grant him his wish and give him the beating of his life.

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