Costas Philippou has hit a sudden, two-fight losing skid. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Middleweights Costas Philippou and Lorenz Larkin have verbally agreed to square off at the UFC Fight Night event in Cincinnati on May 10.
UFC officials announced the pairing on Sunday. No headliner has been revealed for the event, which takes place at U.S. Bank Arena. The card also includes a featherweight matchup pitting Nik Lentz against Manny Gamburyan.
After a five-fight winning streak had him in the middleweight Top 10, Philippou has dropped two straight bouts, falling to Francis Carmont via decision last September before suffering a first-round knockout loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC Fight Night 35. The 34-year-old Ring of Combat veteran is 5-3 in the Octagon overall.
Larkin, meanwhile, is 1-2 since transitioning to the Las Vegas-based promotion from Strikeforce. He debuted with a controversial decision loss to Carmont before outpointing Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 31. Most recently, “Monsoon” was outpointed by Brad Tavares on Jan. 15.