Lawlor always makes a statement when weighing in and walking down to the ring but little has been heard from “Filthy” since his April win over Michael Kuiper. The 30-year old fan-favorite recently broke his silence, explaining he’d suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus in the match-up, understandably focusing on rehabbing from the cringe-inducing damage instead of self-promotion. He is expected to be out of action for another six months but, as history has shown far too many times, nothing is guaranteed when it comes to knee injuries.
Injuries are a factor in every sport. However, Mixed Martial Arts is obviously more likely to produce hospital patients than most based on the endeavor’s nature. After all, in addition to training their tails off, fighters are looking to hurt an opponent to the point of submission, strike-based stoppage, or dominance in the eyes of officials. That being said, there are plenty of pugilists currently dealing with doctors who deserve a chance to be healthy after recently encountering serious, even career-threatening afflictions. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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