Tom Lawlor

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Tom Lawlor
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Born (1983-05-15) May 15, 1983 (age 31)
Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other names Filthy, The Filthy Mauler
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Style Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu
Fighting out of Providence, Rhode Island
Team Tim Burrill BJJ, Team Aggression (Lauzon MMA)
Rank

NCWA All American wrestler

blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2003 (amateur), 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 9
By knockout 3
By submission 4
By decision 2
Losses 5
By submission 2
By decision 2
By disqualification 1
No contests 1
Amateur career
Total 1
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Losses 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Lawlor (born May 15, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler currently signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship in MMA, and Ring of Honor in wrestling. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. He holds a record of 5-4 with the UFC.

Background[edit]

Lawlor was born in Fall River, Massachusetts before moving to Swansea, Massachusetts, and then finally to Fort Myers, Florida. He attended Estero High School in Florida and was on the wrestling team, then continued his wrestling career at the University of Central Florida. Lawlor then took his first Brazilian jiu-jitsu class when he was back in Fall River visiting family. Lawlor had a sister who died in a car accident in 2001, he dedicated his UFC on Fuel TV 9 win to his late sister.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Lawlor currently lives in Providence, RI. He, along with TUF alumni and MMA veteran Seth Petruzelli and Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt Mike Lee, owned and coached at The Jungle MMA – Orlando BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai The Jungle MMA and Fitness. Lawlor has recently relocated to Providence, Rhode Island and trains under Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt Tim Burrill, as well as working with the Team Aggression mixed martial arts team at Lauzon MMA in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Involved in youth sambo.

Lawlor has made himself known by imitating other fighters (Art Jimmerson, Dan Severn, Harold Howard, and Genki Sudo) during the weigh-ins and octagon entrances. These impersonations, along with his tongue-in-cheek ring entrance routines (paying homage to Hulk Hogan and Apollo Creed amongst others) have made Lawlor something of a cult figure among fans. In 2010, Lawlor announced his intention to tone down his pre-fight antics.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Before turning professional in 2007, Lawlor made his MMA debut as an amateur in 2003, facing Rich Mitchell at Xtreme Fighting 5 on July 26, 2003. He won via KO just under a minute into the fight, and would subsequently take time off from MMA.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Lawlor appeared on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He submitted Ryan Lopez with a rear naked choke in the elimination round to earn his spot in the TUF house. He was chosen by Frank Mir to be a part of Team Mir.

He was selected to fight first against Ryan Bader and despite a good showing, Lawlor lost by knockout in the first round, due to a ground and pound punches.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Lawlor won his UFC debut against former The Ultimate Fighter 8 cast-mate Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision. They fought on the preliminary card at the The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale.[2] After the fight with Kingsbury, Lawlor moved down in weight after realizing he was too small for light heavyweight.[3]

Lawlor had his second fight for the UFC, when he took on CB Dollaway at UFC 100. Tom won in an upset, putting Dollaway to sleep with a guillotine choke 55 seconds into the first round and was awarded Submission of the Night honors.

Lawlor fought Aaron Simpson on January 11, 2010, at UFC Fight Night 20. Lawlor showed off his improved striking skills in the first round by dominating Simpson, but lost a controversial split decision after gassing in the third round. However, the decision of the fight was met with widespread criticism toward the current scoring system in Mixed Martial Arts.[4]

Lawlor was scheduled to face Tim Credeur on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113,[5] but Credeur was forced off the card with an injury. Lawlor instead faced Joe Doerksen,[6] losing via submission in the second round.

Lawlor earned a much needed victory over Patrick Cote on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121 in a performance that once again displayed Lawlor's superb wrestling and jiu jitsu skills by successfully executing 5 takedowns, threatening with submissions (nearly finishing Cote in the first round with an arm-triangle choke before Cote blatantly grabbed the fence to escape) in every round and showing his improved cardio as he easily cruised to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory.

Lawlor was expected to face Maiquel Falcão on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134[7] but Falcao was suddenly released from the promotion on May 11. Lawlor was expected to remain on the Brazilian card, but instead took a bout against Kyle Noke on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[8] However, Lawlor pulled out of the fight in early July 2011.[9]

Lawlor lost to Chris Weidman on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139 due to a D'Arce choke in 2:07 of the first round.[10]

Lawlor faced Jason MacDonald on May 15, 2012, his birthday, at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[11] He won the fight via KO in the first round and earned Knockout of the Night for his efforts.

Lawlor fought Francis Carmont on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Despite controlling the majority of the fight and threatening with several submissions, he lost the fight via a controversial split decision[12]

Lawlor faced Michael Kuiper on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[13] After losing the first round, he rebounded and won via submission, a guillotine choke, early in the second round.

Lawlor was expected to face Ilir Latifi in a light heavyweight bout on July 19, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46.[14] However, Lawlor was forced out of the bout due to injury, and was replaced by promotional newcomer Chris Dempsey.[15][16]

Wrestling career[edit]

Lawlor wrestled for University of Central Florida at 235 lb weight class. He won three national championships in the NCWA 2003, 2004, 2005 and as a freshman placed third.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Before the start of his MMA career, Lawlor worked two years as a professional wrestler on the Florida independent circuit, even taking part in a WWE tryout.[17]

Ring of Honor[edit]

On May 17, 2014, Lawlor made his Ring of Honor debut accompanying reDRagon as their manager against The Young Bucks in their match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship at the ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted pay-per-view War of the Worlds.[18][19] On June 8, 2014, it was reported that Lawlor was signing a deal with ROH to become a regular part of the roster.[20]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–5 (1) Michael Kuiper Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 2 1:05 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 8–5 (1) Francis Carmont Decision (split) UFC 154 November 17, 2012 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 8–4 (1) Jason MacDonald KO (punch) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 1 0:50 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Knockout of the Night
Loss 7–4 (1) Chris Weidman Technical submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 1 2:07 San Jose, California, United States
Win 7–3 (1) Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 6–3 (1) Joe Doerksen Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 2 2:10 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 6–2 (1) Aaron Simpson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Fight of the Night
Win 6–1 (1) C.B. Dollaway Technical submission (guillotine choke) UFC 100 July 11, 2009 1 0:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night; Middleweight debut
Win 5–1 (1) Kyle Kingsbury Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale December 13, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–1 (1) Travis Bartlett Technical submission (guillotine choke) Full Force 20 April 12, 2008 1 1:10 Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 3–1 (1) Shane Primm DQ (illegal knee to the head) World Fighting Championships 6 March 22, 2008 1 0:24 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 (1) Cesar Barros KO (punches) Full Force 15 August 25, 2007 1 0:10 Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–0 (1) Jason Barlog TKO (punches) WFC 3 April 7, 2007 1 3:59 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 (1) Jonathan Fernandez Submission (rear naked choke) X-treme Fighting Championships April 3, 2007 1 1:20 Tampa, Florida, United States
NC 0–0 (1) Ariel Gandulla No Contest Kick Enterprises March 10, 2007 1 N/A Fort Myers, Florida, United States Fighters fell through cage door.

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Rich Mitchell KO (punches) XF - Xtreme Fighting 5 July 26, 2003 1 0:54 Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ cite web|url=http://mmajunkie.com/news/21173/ufcs-tom-lawlor-to-temper-flashy-entrances-but-the-show-will-go-on.mma
  2. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/rumors.asp?articleid=6910&zoneid=14
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member Tom Lawlor plans drop to middleweight
  4. ^ "UFC Fight Night 20 recap". mmajunkie. January 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tom Lawlor vs. Tim Credeur at UFC 113". mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Doerksen Replaces Credeur at UFC 113". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Maiquel Falcao vs. Tom Lawlor in the works for Brazil's UFC 134 event". mmajunkie.com. April 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "With Maiquel Falcao cut, Tom Lawlor moved to UFC on Versus 5, meets Kyle Noke". mmajunkie.com. June 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tom Lawlor Injured, Off UFC on Versus 5 Card, Ed Herman Now Faces Kyle Noke". bloodyelbow.com. July 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ Stupp, Dann (2011-07-16). "Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman joins UFC 139 lineup". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  11. ^ "UFC targets event for May 15 at Virginia's Patriot Center, possibly UFC on FX 3". mmajunkie.com. January 25, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Francis Carmont, Tom Lawlor to Fight at UFC 154". mmafighting.com. July 31, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Michael Kuiper vs tom Lawlor added to UFC on Fuel TV 9". mmajunkie.com. February 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night in Dublin adds Latifi-Lawlor". mmajunkie.com. April 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tom Lawlor out at UFC Fight Night 46, promotion seeks replacement foe for Ilir Latifi". mmajunkie.com. July 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Newcomer Chris Dempsey meets Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 46". mmajunkie.com. July 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ Davidson, Neil (November 15, 2012). "UFC's (Filthy) Tom Lawlor dons adult diaper for sumo spoof ahead of UFC 154". Yahoo News. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  18. ^ Meltzer, Dave (May 17, 2014). "ROH/New Japan Pro Wrestling live coverage & results: AJ Styles, Okada, Elgin, Liger, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "UFC Fighter 'Filthy' Tom Lawlor -- Seeking Permanent Double Duty ... With New Wrestling Deal". 
  20. ^ Caldwell, James (June 9, 2014). "ROH news: ROH reportedly close to signing UFC fighter". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 

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