Veteran middleweight Tom Lawlor said he’s no longer a UFC fighter after the promotion released him from contract on Monday.
“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 (squared circle is an old term for pro wrestling),” Lawlor (10-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) said in a statement released to MMAjunkie.
Lawlor has just under two months remaining on a suspension with UFC anti-doping partner USADA, which gave him a two-year term after a out-of-competition drug test revealed the banned selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) known as ostarine.
Lawlor denied knowingly taking the banned substance, which has been identified as the culprit in several cases involving tainted supplements and UFC athletes. But he accepted USADA’s suspension and pivoted to pro wrestling. He would’ve been eligible to compete in the octagon on Oct. 11.
“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,” he said.
Lawlor leaves the promotion with a 6-5 record. He most recently appeared in March 2016 at UFC 196, where he lost a unanimous decision to Corey Anderson. It was his second octagon fight at light heavyweight, where he moved after a 5-4 run at middleweight.
A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 8,” Lawlor made a name for himself by dressing up as famous figures from the UFC’s past, once donning body paint to replicate the infamous “Just Bleed” fan.
Lawlor currently works a pro wrestler with Major League Wrestling.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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