Monday, December 5, 2022

Tom Lawlor on Two-Year Suspension: ‘I Doubt I’ll Come Back’

Tom Lawlor may never compete in a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bout again.

Lawlor last stepped inside the Octagon back in March 2016. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight dropped a unanimous decision to Corey Anderson at UFC 196.

Seven months later, Lawlor was flagged for a potential violation of the U.S. Anti Doping Agency (USADA). Late last week, “Filthy” was hit with a two-year suspension retroactive to his Oct. 10 sample.

While Lawlor will be eligible to compete in Oct. 2018, he may decide to hang up his gloves. The 205-pounder told Ariel Helwani on MMAFighting.com‘s “The MMA Hour” that things aren’t looking too good for his fighting future:

“I doubt I’ll come back. What’s the point? If you look at it logically, realistically, I’ll be 35 years old. That doesn’t sound old, but I’ve put a lot of miles on my body. My first fight was in 2003. I did pro wrestling. I did amateur wrestling. It’s been 20 years of my body going through combat sports. Some days I feel great at almost 34, but some days I don’t feel great. What’s the point of me training for two years if it’s not going to result in a fight. I’ve got two kids, and I’m planning a wedding. I’ve got a life to live.”

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