Tom Lawlor Released From UFC
Tom Lawlor was released by the UFC, while awaiting the completion of his USADA suspension which still confounds the light heavyweight.
Lawlor, who had an eight year tenure with the UFC, was suspended in 2016 for testing positive for a low concentration of the banned substance Ostarine. Lawlor has publicly decried the suspension, not knowing how he was able to test positive when he took no supplements.
He’d move from MMA to pro wrestling while awaiting the completion of his suspension, especially since the UFC would not release him from his contract to fight elsewhere.
“All things come to an end and it was inevitable that so would my time in UFC,” said Lawlor.
“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 would tell MMA Fighting that Lawlor is not officially let go, but they are in the process of terminating his contract with the UFC.
Lawlor’s last fight before his suspension was a March 2016 decision loss to Corey Anderson.
In the meantime, Lawlor will continue to wrestle for Major League Wrestling, who airs on beIN Sports, and is currently the number one contender to their world championship after winning their Battle Riot match in July.
Initial Report: MMAFighting