Thomas Joseph Lawlor, a former mixed martial artist and professional wrestler from the United States, was born on May 15, 1983. His time in Major League Wrestling (MLW) is what made him most famous.
|Thomas Joseph Lawlor
May 15, 1983
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
|Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
|205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
|75 in (191 cm)
|Fighting out of
|Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
|Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Tim Burrill
|2003 (amateur), 2007–2021
Tom Lawlor Biography, Early Life
Thomas Joseph Lawlor, a former mixed martial artist and professional wrestler from the United States, was born on May 15, 1983. His time in Major League Wrestling (MLW) is what made him most famous. He was the MLW World Heavyweight Champion once and the victor of the inaugural Battle Riot in 2018 and the 2020 Opera Cup competition. He was the first Strong Openweight Champion of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he currently competes.
Lawlor fought in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division. He has been a professional since 2007 and appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir on SpikeTV.
Tom Lawlor Education
Tom Lawlor has no detailed information about his educational background.
Tom Lawlor’s Age, Height, And Weight
Tom Lawlor’s age is 40 years old. He stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inches and weighs around 93 Kg.
Mixed martial arts
Lawlor formerly resided in Providence, Rhode Island. He was formerly a part-owner and coach at The Jungle MMA – Orlando BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai The Jungle MMA and Fitness, along with TUF alumni and MMA veteran Seth Petruzelli and Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt Mike Lee. He is presently employed by Team Aggression in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and trains at Lauzon MMA.
Art Jimmerson, Dan Severn, Harold Howard, Genki Sudo, and Conor McGregor are just a few of the fighters Lawlor has impersonated during weigh-ins and octagon entrances to gain notoriety. Lawlor has developed something of a cult following among fans as a result of his impersonations as well as his ironic ring entrance routines, which pay homage to Apollo Creed and Hulk Hogan among others. Lawlor declared his intention to curb his pre-fight antics in 2010.
Lawlor made his MMA debut in 2003 as an amateur, taking on Rich Mitchell at Xtreme Fighting 5 on July 26, before going pro in 2007. He took a break from MMA after winning by KO just under a minute into the match.
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter’s eighth season featured Lawlor. In the elimination round, he used a rear naked choke to finish Ryan Lopez off and advance to the TUF house. He was chosen to be a member of Team Mir by Frank Mir.
Lawlor was chosen to fight Ryan Bader first, and despite putting up a good fight, he was knocked out in the first round by ground and pound punches.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kyle Kingsbury, a former cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 8, was defeated by Lawlor in his UFC debut by unanimous decision. They engaged in combat during The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale’s preliminary card. After the match with Kingsbury, Lawlor dropped to light heavyweight after realizing he wasn’t big enough for the position.
At UFC 100, Lawlor fought for the UFC for the second time, going up against C. B. Dollaway. In an unexpected victory, Tom put Dollaway to sleep 55 seconds into the first round with a guillotine choke, earning him the title of Submission of the Night.
On January 11, 2010, Lawlor faced Aaron Simpson at UFC Fight Night 20. Lawlor dominated Simpson in the first round, showcasing his improved striking abilities, but he ran out of gas in the third and was forced to concede a contentious split decision. The outcome of the fight, however, drew widespread criticism for the Mixed Martial Arts scoring system.
Tim Credeur was supposed to fight Lawlor on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113, but Credeur had to withdraw due to an injury. Instead, Lawlor faced Joe Doerksen, who he ultimately lost to by submission in round two.
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.
On August 27, 2011, Lawlor was scheduled to fight Maiquel Falco at UFC 134. But on May 11, Falcao was abruptly dropped from the promotion. Lawlor was supposed to stay on the Brazilian card, but on August 14, 2011, at UFC on Versus 5, he chose to fight Kyle Noke instead. Lawlor, however, withdrew from the conflict in early July 2011.
On November 19, 2011, at UFC 139, Lawlor was defeated by Chris Weidman after a D’Arce choke at 2:07 of the opening frame.
On May 15, 2012, Lawlor’s birthday, he fought Jason MacDonald at Korean Zombie vs. Poirier on UFC on Fuel TV. He obtained a knockout victory in the opening round, earning him the title of Knockout of the Night.
Francis Carmont and Lawlor squared off on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154. Lawlor intentionally tripped going through the curtain at the weigh-in to pay homage to the Shockmaster incident while sporting a mask that resembled that of the professional wrestler the Shockmaster. He threatened with several submissions and had most of the fight under control, but he was defeated in a contentious split decision.
On April 6, 2013, Lawlor and Michael Kuiper squared off on UFC on Fuel TV 9. He recovered from losing the first round and won the fight early in the second round by submission (guillotine choke). Lawlor had dedicated his fight to his late sister Katie in his victory speech.
On July 19, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 46, Lawlor was scheduled to compete in a light heavyweight match against Ilir Latifi. Lawlor, who had to withdraw from the fight because of an injury, was then replaced by Chris Dempsey, a promotional newcomer.
Lawlor made a comeback to compete on July 25, 2015, at UFC on Fox 16, taking on Gian Villante after a break of more than two years from the sport. He received a Performance of the Night bonus in addition to winning the fight via knockout in the second round.
On November 7, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 77, Lawlor was scheduled to compete against Fábio Maldonado. Lawlor, however, had to leave the fight due to an injury, and Corey Anderson took his place.
On March 5, 2016, Corey Anderson and Lawlor squared off at UFC 196. He was defeated in the fight by a consensus vote.
Following a USADA out-of-competition drug test on October 10, 2016, Lawlor was temporarily suspended from the UFC on November 4, 2016. Lawlor admitted that he failed Ostarine even though he insisted he didn’t know why. Lawlor received a two-year suspension in February 2017. In October 2018, he was permitted to compete once more.
Tom Lawlor was fired from UFC on August 13 of this year, less than two months before his suspension was lifted. He had a 6-5 record in the promotion at the time of his release.
Lawlor and Deron Winn squared off on November 24, 2018, at Golden Boy Promotions’ first MMA event. He was defeated in the fight by a consensus vote.
Professional Fighters League
Lawlor signed with Professional Fighters League in March 2020 and is anticipated to compete in the PFL season 3 light heavyweight division.
Lawlor was set to face Jordan Johnson on April 29, 2021, at PFL 2 as the start of the 2021 PFL Light Heavyweight tournament. However, in March, it was announced that Johnson pulled out and was replaced by promotional newcomer Antônio Carlos Júnior. In the opening round, a guillotine choke caused him to lose the fight.
On June 17, 2021, Lawlor and Jordan Young squared off at PFL 5. He won the fight by a unanimous decision, and afterward, he announced his retirement by putting his gloves on the mat in the middle.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2014–present)
Lawlor spent two years competing as a professional wrestler on the Florida independent circuit before beginning his MMA career. He even participated in a WWE tryout during that time.
Lawlor made his Ring of Honor debut on May 17, 2014, when he accompanied reDRagon in their match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship against The Young Bucks at the pay-per-view War of the Worlds, which was co-promoted by ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Due to his UFC suspension, Lawlor returned to professional wrestling in February 2017. In the co-main event of the show on April 15, 2017, Lawlor made his debut for Prestige Championship Wrestling by competing against Davey Richards. Despite losing the match, Lawlor went on to become a fixture at Prestige shows. For the show on July 7, 2017, Lawlor was featured in an advertisement for the Canadian promotion All-Star Wrestling on May 5. Lawlor competed in the AIW JT Lightning Invitational Tournament on May 26 and 27. Day 1 had Jimmy Rave as his opponent, but Rave withdrew from the competition due to travel complications. Dan Severn, a former NWA World Champion, and UFC Legend responded to Lawlor’s challenge instead. To advance, Lawlor pinned Severn. On day two, Tracy Williams, Mike Tolar, and Dominic Garrini were the other participants in Lawlor’s Fatal Four-Way. Williams would triumph in the game and the competition.
Major League Wrestling (2017–2021)
Lawlor has participated in Major League Wrestling (MLW) matches since the organization’s 2017 relaunch and has appeared on their weekly MLW Fusion television program. 2018’s first Battle Riot in MLW was won by Lawlor. After taking out Jake Hager, with whom he later got into a fight, he prevailed. Following that, he won singles matches against Simon Gotch, Sami Callihan, and Shane Strickland.
Lawlor defeated Low Ki to win the MLW World Heavyweight Championship on February 2, 2019, during MLW’s live SuperFight event. He would hold the title for 154 days before falling to Jacob Fatu in July 2019 at Kings of Colosseum. Additionally, he would lose to Fatu in a title rematch. Lawlor left the promotion, it was announced on November 14, 2019. On November 22, 2019, it was revealed he had penned a fresh, multi-year exclusive contract with the business. On Fusion’s Thanksgiving episode, Lawlor played the villain by using a chair to attack Ross Von Erich as he competed for the world championship against Jacob Fatu.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2020–present)
Lawlor made his New Japan Pro-Wrestling debut on the July 12, 2020, episode of Lion’s Break Collision by defeating Rocky Romero. Lawlor joined forces right away with J. R. Kratos and Taylor Rust to form Team Filthy in the NJPW. Later, Danny Limelight and The West Coast Wrecking Crew (Jorel Nelson and Royce Isaacs) were added to the group. Rust was removed from Team Filthy by Lawlor after a defeat to Jeff Cobb, and Chris Dickinson was put in his place. When Dickinson later sided with Brody King at the ROH 19th Anniversary Show, Team Filthy became tense. The relationship between Team Filthy and Dickinson was further strained when Dickinson refused to participate in the group’s violent actions on the NJPW Strong episodes that followed. Lawlor participated in the New Japan Cup USA competition in April 2021 to become the first-ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion. He won the New Japan Cup USA and became the first-ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion by defeating the DKC in a qualifying match, Ren Narita in the opening round, Hikuleo in the semifinals, and Brody King in the championship match. Dickinson’s relationship with Team Filthy came to an end when he challenged Lawlor for the title as his first opponent. As a result of Lawlor and Team Filthy attacking Dickinson, Dickinson was expelled from the faction.
At Collision in May 2021, Lawlor defeated Dickinson to keep the Strong Openweight Championship. Lawlor was kept on as Karl Fredericks’ opponent at Ignition. Despite opposition from Satoshi Kojima, Lio Rush, and Ren Narita, Lawlor kept his title. Lawlor defeated Fred Rosser at Detonation. He continued to defend the title against Taylor Rust and Clark Connors before falling to Rosser at Collision. If Rosser won, he would have to leave NJPW Strong, ending Lawlor’s reign after 397 days.
Lawlor made both his tournament debut and his NJPW debut in Japan at Dominion 6.12 in Osaka-jo Hall when it was revealed that he would compete in the G1 Climax 32 tournament as a member of the A Block. With 6 points at the end of the season, Lawlor was unable to advance to the semifinals.
All Elite Wrestling (2023)
Lawlor, along with his stablemate Royce Isaacs, made their All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debuts on the June 23, 2023, episode of AEW Rampage by attacking Adam Cole after AEW World Champion MJF announced that Cole and Lawlor would face off at Forbidden Door. Cole was forced to withdraw from the contest due to illness, so Lawlor and Serpentico faced off in a secret match at the event in Cole’s place.
Tom Lawlor’s Net Worth
Tom Lawlor’s annual income, net worth, and salary haven’t been revealed yet.
Tom Lawlor Wife or Girlfriend
Tom Lawlor is presently single and has no romantic relationships. Aside from that, Tom Lawlor hasn’t said anything about her current partnerships.
Tom Lawlor Awards
- National Collegiate Wrestling Association
- NCWA National 235lbs Champion (2003, 2004, 2005)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Aaron Simpson
- Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Jason MacDonald
- Submission of the Night (One time) vs. CB Dollaway
- Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Gian Villante
- Absolute Intense Wrestling
- AIW Absolute Championship (1 time)
- Black Label Pro
- BLP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- BLP Midwest Championship (1 time)
- BLP Heavyweight Championship Tournament (2017)
- Division One Pro Wrestling
- FX Cup (2008)
- Major League Wrestling
- MLW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Battle Riot (2018)
- Opera Cup (2020)
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- Strong Openweight Championship (1 time, inaugural)
- New Japan Cup USA (2021)
- Paradigm Pro Wrestling
- PPW Heavy Hitters Championship (1 time, current)
- 5th Annual Grand Prix (2023)
- Prestige Wrestling
- Prestige Championship (1 time)
- Prestige Rise or Die Tournament (2019)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 59 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2021
When was Tom Lawlor born?
Tom Lawlor was born on May 15, 1983.
What is Tom Lawlor’s height and weight?
Tom Lawlor stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inches and weighs around 93 Kg.
How old would Tom Lawlor be today?
Tom Lawlor is 40 years old today.