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Tom Lawlor biography: 13 things about PFL fighter born in Fall River, Massachusetts

Tom Lawlor (©PFL)
Tom Lawlor (©PFL)

Thomas Joseph “Tom” Lawlor is a professional mixed martial artist born in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States. His fight name is Filthy.

From Fall River, Lawlor moved to Swansea, Massachusetts then to Fort Myers, Florida, USA. He attended Estero High School and he was on the school’s wrestling team.

Lawlor is 6’0″ tall and he competes in the light heavyweight division. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2001, his sister died in a car accident. From 2001 to 2011, he lived in Central Florida where he worked for independent promotions including Southern Championship Wrestling and NWA Florida.
  2. He went to the University of Central Florida where he wrestled. He won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) national championships in the 235 lbs weight class in 2003, 2004 and 2005. As an amateur MMA fighter, he knocked out Rich Mitchell at “Xtreme Fighting 5” in Fall River on July 26, 2003.
  3. He made his professional MMA debut at a Kick Enterprises event in Fort Meyers on March 10, 2007, which was 5 days before his 24th birthday. His fight against Ariel Gandulla of Miami, Florida ended in a No Contest. He submitted Jonathan Fernandez at “Xtreme Fighting Championships 1” in Tampa, Florida on April 3, 2007 and knocked out Jason Barlog at “WFC 3: Turf Wars” in Tampa on April 7, 2007 and Cesar Barros of Brazil at “FFP: Untamed 15” in Mansfield, Massachusetts on August 25, 2007.
  4. On March 22, 2008, he was disqualified after landing illegal knee to the head of Shane Primm of Tampa at “World Fighting Championships 6” in Tampa. He submitted Travis Bartlett of Maine, USA at “Full Force 20” in Foxborough, Massachusetts on April 12, 2008. As a contender at “The Ultimate Fighter 8” in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, he submitted Ryan Lopez of Oklahoma, USA on May 21, 2008, was knocked out by Ryan Bader of Tempe, Arizona, USA on May 28, 2008. In the finale on December 13, 2008, he defeated Kyle Kingsbury of San Jose, California, USA via unanimous decision.
  5. When he made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at “UFC 100” in Las Vegas on July 11, 2009, he submitted C.B. Dollaway of Tempe.
  6. He lost to Aaron Simpson of Phoenix, Arizona via split decision at “UFC Fight Night 20” in Fairfax, Virginia, USA on January 11, 2010 and to Joe Doersken of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada via submission at “UFC 113” in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 8, 2010. On October 23, 2010, he defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision at “UFC 121” in Anaheim, California.
  7. On November 19, 2011, he was submitted by Chris Weidman of Baldwin, New York, USA at “UFC 139” in San Jose, California.
  8. On May 15, 2012, he knocked out Jason MacDonald of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at “UFC on Fuel TV 3” in Fairfax. On November 17, 2012, he lost via split decision to Francis Carmont of Paris, France at “UFC 154” in Montreal.
  9. On April 6, 2013, he submitted Michael Kuiper of Tilburg, Netherlands at “UFC Sweden 2” in Stockholm, Sweden. He dedicated his win to his sister who died in 2001.
  10. On July 25, 2015, he knocked out Gian Villante of Bellmore, New York at “UFC on Fox 16” in Chicago, Illinois.
  11. On March 5, 2016, he lost via unanimous decision to Corey Anderson of Rockton, Illinois at ‘UFC 196″ in Las Vegas.
  12. On November 24, 2018, he lost via unanimous decision to Deron Winn of Liberty, Missouri, USA at “Golden Boy Promotions: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3” in Inglewood, California.
  13. When he made his Professional Fighters League debut at “PFL 2: 2021 Regular Season” in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on April 29, 2021, he was submitted by Antonio Carlos Jr. of Brazil. On June 17, 2021, he defeated Jordan Young of Urbandale, Iowa, USA via unanimous decision at “PFL 5: 2021 Regular Season” in Atlantic City.

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