Tom Lawlor has won three of his five UFC fights since his time on The Ultimate Fighter. Lawlor, however, seems to be more known for his Hulk Hogan and Dan Severn gimmick entrances. “The Filthy Mauler” hopes to change all that this Saturday when he meets rising star Chris Weidman at UFC 139.
“I would say that planed and plays a huge part in being able to motivate me. In the past, there has been a fight or two that I wasn’t as motivated as I should have been,” said Lawlor, in a recent interview with UFC.com. “If you’re a competitor there is always something that needs to drive you and if you don’t have that then you’re not going to perform at the best of your abilities. The fact that there are so many MMA websites and so many people with their lists that tout Weideman highly, it really does drive me. On betting odds, I’m 2-1 or 3-1 underdog, so I’m definitely pumped up for this fight. I’m pumped up to fight his aura, his hype train.”
Lawlor earned a decision victory over Patrick Cote in 2010, but has not fought since due to a knee injured suffered during a tour with the U.S. troops.
“At the beginning of the summer, I relocated up to the New England area. I trained there before my last fight,” Lawlor said. “I have gone ahead and moved back home and moved to Providence, Rhode Island. I train at a couple different places.”
Weidman is 6-0, including two straight wins since joining the UFC earlier this year. The bout is scheduled for the pay-per-view main card, which features a main event pitting Dan Henderson against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. FightLine will have complete coverage of Saturday’s UFC 139 card.