‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor, who was serving a two-year suspension for a failed drug test in 2016, has been released from the UFC according to the lightweight fighter himself.
The news is a bit bizarre as Lawlor had requested his release several times during his suspension by USADA for a failed drug test for Ostarine, which is a banned substance and member of the SARM group. The UFC did not release him so he decided to return to pro-wrestling during his time away from the octagon.
Before entering into the world of MMA, Lawlor trained in professional wrestling on the Florida independent circuit, even taking part in a WWE tryout. He returned to wrestling back in February 2017 and has been prominently featured on independent shows such as Major League Wrestling. However, Lawlor made it clear that once his suspension was over (which was suppose to be October 10, 2018) he would return to the UFC.
Lawlor got his start in the UFC on season eight of the Ultimate Fighter and, though he didn’t win the competition, he was still signed to the MMA promotion. Since then, he’s been loyal to the company for nearly 10 years. He has a 10-6 professional MMA record with one no contest and a 6-5 UFC record. His last fight was March 2016, which was a decision loss to UFC‘s Corey Anderson.
“All things come to an end and it was inevitable that so would my time in UFC.
“Today I was informed that I will be released by the UFC despite my USADA suspension being nearly over and my previous requests for a release being denied. While the timing is unexpected, hopefully this opens the doors for me to continue with my mixed martial arts career as well as in the squared circle [pro-wrestling]. Combat sports is one of my life’s great loves and I look forward to showing and sharing that with the fans as soon as possible.”
A UFC official told MMA Fighting that Lawlor has not officially been let go as of yet, but the process is under way. The reasoning and timing for his firing remains a mystery at the moment.