Bellator welterweight Lorenz Larkin is not happy with Drew Chatman for spine flipping off of KO’d opponent at Friday’s LFA 36 event.
In the post-lims at LFA 36, Heavyweight fighter Drew Chatman (7-1 amateur) faced Irvins Ayala (5-0 amateur). Ayala accidentally knocked himself out on Chatman’s knee while striving to land a hammer fist on the ground. Drew Chatman walked away with a victory and decided to celebrate with front-flip on Ayala’s unconscious body after the bout was declared over which many felt was bizarre and disrespectful.
That despicable act resulted in Chatman’s disqualification and quickly aroused widespread condemnation from the MMA community, which includes Bellator star, Lorenz Larkin, who took to social media to chews out Chatman and his gym, which is owned by former UFC welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck.
“What a piece of shit you are drew chatman!!!! And @joshkoscheck you should be fucking embarrassed as a coach and gym owner @lfafighting @edblackhouse #classless #pos @bjpenndotcomofficial @mmajunkiedotcom” – Lorenz Larkin
Larkin unleashed a scathing rant in the video posted on social media at Chatman’s action(Quote via MMAJunkie)
“You f-cking piece of sh-t. I’ve never, ever in my f-cking life see any type of classless sh-t like that, and I’ve been in the game for a while. I hope – I know (LFA President) Ed Soares is one hell of a f-cking promoter, and he will handle it to the fullest f-cking potential he can. But I hope no other f-cking promotions – no matter how you f-cking do in your career – pick your sorry ass up. And I’m so glad you’re not on the higher f-cking levels so I could get my hands on you, you piece of f-cking sh-t.”
LFA fighter Drew Chatman apologizes for his behavior and spoke to MMA Fighting on Saturday, that he was high on his emotions after the victory and didn’t realize what he is doing:
“Let me be honest with you, man. I don’t deserve to get paid for that. It’s disappointing watching that.
My mother has to see that. People that look up to me and see me become an inspiration to them have to look at that. … It just happened so fast.
So, the rules are the rules,” he continued. “And at the end of the day, when you actually look at what took place, I’m okay with having my pay taken away. I’m okay with being suspended 90 days. I’m okay with that. Because you can’t get that back.
The video is priceless. I have to look back at that and live with regret every single day.”
Chatman apology to Ayala:
“I want to apologize to Irvins Ayala,” Chatman said. “He was a good opponent. And he brought the fight to me. And he had a lot of heart. It was not a good move on my part as a martial artist. And I want to apologize to the California athletic commission, because they laid down the rules, they gave a great understanding and they do their job very well. Also, to Legacy, LFA, because they gave me a great opportunity to display my skills and it was a good platform.
“I’m not gonna play the victim here, because when you look at it the real victim here is Irvins Ayala. Let’s just be real. He showed up, he fought. It was an unfortunate mishap, but it did not have to end that way. All this publicity, all this media, the reality is I was wrong and I ain’t trying to gain no fame off of this, because I’m a martial artist.”
Chatman expressed regret for possibly giving MMA a negative meaning:
“I know that after this happened a lot of MMA guys might be upset, because I’m giving them a bad name for people who are not even familiar with mixed marital arts,” said Chatman, who acknowledged that his nickname, “The Honorable,” had earned some mockery. “Someone who doesn’t even watch mixed martial arts might turn on the television and see this and then think, ‘This is how these cage fighters are.’”
“My name is not perfect. … And I’m not ever going to be perfect,” Chatman added. “But I will guarantee you this: It will never happen again.”