Tom Lawlor

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Lawlor in 2019
BornThomas Joseph Lawlor
(1983-05-15) May 15, 1983 (age 40)
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Other namesFilthy
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Middleweight
Light heavyweight
Reach75 in (191 cm) [2]
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
TeamSyndicate MMA
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Tim Burrill [3]
Wrestling NCWA Wrestling [4]
Years active2003 (amateur), 2007–2021
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision3
By submission3
By decision4
By disqualification1
No contests1
Amateur record
By knockout1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Ring name(s) Tom Lawlor
"Filthy" Tom Lawlor
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Billed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Trained byAJ Gallant
Chasyn Rance
Hack Myers
Matt Bentley
DebutJuly 16, 2005

Thomas Joseph Lawlor (born May 15, 1983) is an American professional wrestler, retired mixed martial artist and podcast host. He is currently appearing for New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He is best known for his time in Major League Wrestling (MLW), where he was a former one-time MLW World Heavyweight Champion and the winner of the first-ever Battle Riot in 2018 and the 2020 Opera Cup tournament. He currently appears for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he was the inaugural Strong Openweight Champion.


Lawlor competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC. A professional since 2007, he was also a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir .

Early life

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 where he won three NCWA national championships in the 235 lb weight class in 2003, 2004, 2005 and as a freshman placed third. He began Brazilian jiu-jitsu in his home town of Fall River. 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

Lawlor previously lived in Providence, RI. He, along with TUF alumni and MMA veteran Seth Petruzelli and Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt Mike Lee, was previously a part-owner and coach at The Jungle MMA – Orlando BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai The Jungle MMA and Fitness. He currently trains at Lauzon MMA and works with Team Aggression in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Lawlor has made himself known by imitating other fighters (Art Jimmerson, Dan Severn, Harold Howard, Genki Sudo, and Conor McGregor) 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. [5]

Amateur career

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

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

Lawlor won his UFC debut against former The Ultimate Fighter 8 castmate Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision. They fought on the preliminary card at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale. [6] After the fight with Kingsbury, Lawlor moved down in weight after realizing he was too small for light heavyweight. [7]

Lawlor had his second fight for the UFC, when he took on C. B. 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. [8]

Lawlor was scheduled to face Tim Credeur on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113, [9] but Credeur was forced off the card with an injury. Lawlor instead faced Joe Doerksen, [10] 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 five 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 [11] 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. [12] However, Lawlor pulled out of the fight in early July 2011. [13]

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. [14]

Lawlor faced Jason MacDonald on May 15, 2012, his birthday, at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. [15] 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. At the weigh in, Lawlor wore a mask resembling that of the professional wrestler the Shockmaster and deliberately tripped going through the curtain in an homage to the Shockmaster incident. Despite controlling the majority of the fight and threatening with several submissions, he lost the fight via a controversial split decision [16]

Lawlor faced Michael Kuiper on April 6, 2013, at UFC on Fuel TV 9. [17] After losing the first round, he rebounded and won via submission, a guillotine choke, early in the second round. During his post victory speech, Lawlor had dedicated his fight to his late sister; Katie.

Lawlor was expected to face Ilir Latifi in a light heavyweight bout on July 19, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 46. [18] However, Lawlor was forced out of the bout due to injury, and was replaced by promotional newcomer Chris Dempsey. [19] [20]

After over two years away from active competition, Lawlor returned to face Gian Villante on July 25, 2015, at UFC on Fox 16. [21] He won the fight via knockout in the second round and also earned a Performance of the Night bonus. [22] [23]

Lawlor was expected to face Fábio Maldonado on November 7, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 77. [24] However, Lawlor was forced out of the bout with injury and replaced by Corey Anderson. [25]

Lawlor faced Corey Anderson on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. [26] He lost the fight by unanimous decision. [27]

On November 4, 2016, Lawlor was provisionally suspended from the UFC stemming from an out-of-competition drug test conducted by USADA on October 10, 2016. [28] Lawlor revealed that he failed for Ostarine, although he denied knowing the cause of the failure. [29] [30] In February 2017, Lawlor was handed a two-year suspension. He became eligible to return to competition in October 2018. [31]

On August 13, 2018, Tom Lawlor was released from UFC, less than two months before his suspension was lifted. [32] At the time of his release, he held a record of 6–5 within the promotion.

Post-UFC career

On November 24, 2018, Lawlor faced Deron Winn at Golden Boy Promotions's inaugural MMA event. [33] He lost the fight by unanimous decision. [34]

Professional Fighters League

in March 2020, Lawlor signed with Professional Fighters League and is expected to participate in the PFL season 3 light heavyweight bracket. [35]

Lawlor was set to face Jordan Johnson on April 29, 2021 at PFL 2 as the start of the 2021 PFL Light Heavyweight tournament. [36] However, in March, it was announced that Johnson pulled out and was replaced by promotional newcomer Antônio Carlos Júnior. [37] He lost the bout via guillotine choke in the first round. [38]

Lawlor faced Jordan Young at PFL 5 on June 17, 2021. [39] He won the bout via unanimous decision and then retired by placing his gloves down in the center of the mat after the win. [40]

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2014–present)

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. [41]

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. [42] [43] Lawlor returned to professional wrestling in February 2017, due to his suspension from UFC. [44] On April 15, 2017, Lawlor debuted for Prestige Championship Wrestling competing against Davey Richards in the shows co-main event. Lawlor would lose the match but would go on to become a regular at Prestige shows. On May 5, 2017, Lawlor was advertised for Canadian promotion All Star Wrestling for their 7 July 2017 show. On May 26 and 27, Lawlor participated in the AIW JT Lightening Invitational Tournament. Day 1, he was set to face Jimmy Rave but Rave dropped out of the show due to travel issues. Instead, UFC Legend and former NWA World Champion Dan Severn answered Lawlor's challenge. Lawlor pinned Severn to advance. Day 2, Lawlor was in a Fatal Four-Way with Tracy Williams, Mike Tolar and Dominic Garrini. Williams would win the match and the tournament.

Major League Wrestling (2017–2021)

Since their 2017 relaunch, Lawlor has competed in Major League Wrestling (MLW), and appears on their weekly MLW Fusion television series. Lawlor won the first Battle Riot in MLW in 2018. He won after eliminating Jake Hager, who he went on to feud with. He followed that up by beating Sami Callihan, Shane Strickland and his former partner Simon Gotch in singles matches.

On February 2, 2019, Lawlor won the MLW World Heavyweight Championship from Low Ki at MLW's live SuperFight event. [45] He would hold the title 154 days, before losing it to Jacob Fatu at Kings of Colosseum in July 2019. [46] He would also fail to defeat Fatu in a rematch for the title. On November 14, 2019, it was announced Lawlor left the promotion. [47] However, on November 22, 2019 it was announced he had signed a new multi-year exclusive agreement with the company. Lawlor turned heel on the Thanksgiving episode of Fusion by attacking Ross Von Erich with a chair during his world title bout against Jacob Fatu. [48]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2020–present)

On the July 12, 2020 episode of Lion's Break Collision, Lawlor made his New Japan Pro-Wrestling debut, defeating Rocky Romero. [49] Lawlor immediately aligned himself with J. R. Kratos and Taylor Rust, forming the NJPW version of Team Filthy. [50] The group later added The West Coast Wrecking Crew (Jorel Nelson and Royce Isaacs) and Danny Limelight. After a loss against Jeff Cobb, Lawlor kicked Rust out of Team Filthy, replacing him with Chris Dickinson. However, Dickinson later aligned himself with Brody King at the ROH 19th Anniversary Show, causing tension amongst Team Filthy. Dickinson refused to commit to Team Filthy's violent actions on the following weeks episodes of NJPW Strong, further straining the groups relationship with Dickinson. In April 2021, Lawlor competed in the New Japan Cup USA tournament to crown the first ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion. He defeated the DKC in a qualifying match, Ren Narita in the first round, Hikuleo in the semi-finals, and Brody King in the finals to win the New Japan Cup USA and become the first ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion. [51] Team Filthy and Dickinson's relationship finally ended when Dickinson challenged Lawlor for the title as his first challenger, causing Lawlor and Team Filthy to attack Dickinson, removing him from the faction. [52]

In May 2021, Lawlor defeated Dickinson to retain his Strong Openweight Championship at Collision. [53] Lawlor retained against Karl Fredericks at Ignition. [54] Lawlor continued to retain the title against challengers such as Satoshi Kojima, Lio Rush and Ren Narita. [55] [56] [57] At Detonation, Lawlor defeated Fred Rosser. [58] He made further title defences against Taylor Rust [59] and Clark Connors [60] before losing the title to Rosser at Collision, in a match where if Rosser lost he'd have to leave NJPW Strong, ending Lawlor's reign at 397 days. [61]

At Dominion 6.12 in Osaka-jo Hall, Lawlor was announced to be a participant in the G1 Climax 32 tournament as a part of the A Block, making his tournament debut and his NJPW debut in Japan. [62] Lawlor ended his campaign with 6 points, failing to advance to the semi-finals. [63]

All Elite Wrestling (2023)

On the June 23, 2023 edition of AEW Rampage, Lawlor made his All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debut, alongside stablemate Royce Isaacs, by attacking Adam Cole after it was announced by AEW World Champion MJF that Cole and Lawlor would have a match at Forbidden Door. [64] However, Cole was pulled from the match due to an illness and Lawlor faced Serpentico in a dark match at the event instead. [65]

Other media

In May 2015, Figure Four Online launched the Filthy Tom Lawlor Show (later renamed Filthy Four Daily), a weekly podcast featuring Lawlor discussing MMA and professional wrestling with host Bryan Alvarez. [66] [67] In September 2016, it was announced he would be making monthly appearances on The Bryan and Vinny Show to discuss SmackDown Live pay-per-views. [68] He has also made appearances on Wrestling Observer Radio. [69]

He is the co-host of the FRB Show with Front Row Brian.

Personal life

Lawlor currently resides in Las Vegas, NV. [70]

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

Mixed martial arts

Professional wrestling

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
20 matches11 wins8 losses
By knockout40
By submission43
By decision34
By disqualification01
No contests1
Win11–8 (1)Jordan YoungDecision (unanimous) PFL 5 June 17, 202135:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss10–8 (1) Antônio Carlos Júnior Submission (guillotine choke) PFL 2 April 29, 202114:43 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss10–7 (1) Deron Winn Decision (unanimous) Golden Boy Promotions: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 November 24, 201835:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss10–6 (1) Corey Anderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 196 March 5, 201635:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win10–5 (1) Gian Villante KO (punch) UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 201520:27 Chicago, Illinois, United StatesReturn to Light Heavyweight. Performance of the Night.
Win9–5 (1) Michael Kuiper Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 201321:05 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss8–5 (1) Francis Carmont Decision (split) UFC 154 November 17, 201235:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win8–4 (1) Jason MacDonald KO (punch) UFC on Fuel TV: The Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 201210:50 Fairfax, Virginia, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Loss7–4 (1) Chris Weidman Technical Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 139 November 19, 201112:07 San Jose, California, United States
Win7–3 (1) Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) UFC 121 October 23, 201035:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss6–3 (1) Joe Doerksen Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 113 May 8, 201022:10Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss6–2 (1) Aaron Simpson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 201035:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win6–1 (1) C. B. Dollaway Technical submission (guillotine choke) UFC 100 July 11, 200910:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesMiddleweight debut. Submission of the Night.
Win5–1 (1) Kyle Kingsbury Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale December 13, 200835:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win4–1 (1)Travis BartlettTechnical submission (guillotine choke)Full Force 20April 12, 200811:10 Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States
Loss3–1 (1) Shane Primm DQ (illegal knee to the head)World Fighting Championships 6March 22, 200810:24 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win3–0 (1)Cesar BarrosKO (punches)Full Force 15August 25, 200710:10 Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win2–0 (1)Jason BarlogTKO (punches)WFC 3April 7, 200713:59 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win1–0 (1)Jonathan FernandezSubmission (rear naked choke)X-treme Fighting ChampionshipsApril 3, 200711:20 Tampa, Florida, United States
NC0–0 (1)Ariel GandullaNo ContestKick EnterprisesMarch 10, 20071N/A Fort Myers, Florida, United StatesFighters fell through cage door.

Amateur mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
1 match1 win0 losses
By knockout10
By submission00
By decision00
Win1–0Rich MitchellKO (punches)XF: Xtreme Fighting 5July 26, 200310:54 Fall River, Massachusetts, United States


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