35-Year-Old UFC Light Heavyweight 10-6-0, 1NC
February 24, 2017 Tom Lawlor News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Lawlor was suspended from the UFC for two years Friday for testing positive for the banned substance ostarine back in October, Marc Raimondi of MMAfighting.com reports.
Lawlor became the seventh UFC fighter to be given a two-year ban, and since the flagged test occurred back in October, he will be eligible to return to fighting in October of 2018, as the ban is retroactively placed. Lawlor last fought in the UFC in March of 2016, when he lost to Corey Anderson by unanimous decision.
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Fantasy AnalysisLawlor deserved a far better fate. You might be able to make a case that Anderson won the fight 29-28, but the 30-27 scores are laughable. Lawlor clearly won the first round and he probably took Round 2, too. Lawlor once again looked far better than anyone could have expected, but he also spent the entire final round getting dominated and judges, for better or worse, tend to reward the fighter who throws a lot of punches, even if they aren't landing many. Lawlor looks more comfortable at light heavyweight than middleweight, which is a surprise considering he is going to be at a size disadvantage against pretty much everyone he faces. RotoWire scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Lawlor, but the judges decision is the only one that matters and Lawlor got the short end of the stick there.
Fantasy AnalysisLawlor returned in July for the first time in two-plus years and although he landed a massive shot that immediately finished Gian Villante, Lawlor looked fairly sluggish for the five-plus minutes that the fight took place. After fighting at middleweight for virtually his entire career, Lawlor moved up to light heavyweight for the Villante fight and now he is remaining at 205 pounds against a guy who is going to be far bigger than he is and far more athletic than he is. It seems like a recipe for disaster, although Lawlor was able to defeat Villante, another fighter who has far more natural athletic ability than he does. It’s easy to see why Lawlor is such a heavy underdog. The odds of him pulling off back-to-back upsets against considerably better fighters is small.
Fantasy AnalysisLawlor's management team deserves some credit here. Lawlor really has no business fighting a quality prospect like Anderson at this point in his career, but his team somehow got Anderson to apparently accept the fight. Lawlor's last fight was his shocking KO of Gian Villante in July. Lawlor was due to fight Fabio Maldonado in November, but he had to withdraw due to injury and was oddly enough replaced by Anderson.
Fantasy AnalysisLawlor is coming off a surprising knockout win over Gian Villante last month in Chicago. Lawlor moved to light heavyweight for the fight and it seems to have resurrected his career. Maldonado is aging and lacks athleticism, so Lawlor will have a good chance to win his second straight here.
Fantasy AnalysisLawlor didn't have a good first round, but he connected with a big right hook when he needed it. In his first fight in 830 days, Lawlor absorbed a ton of leg kicks early and that appeared to limit his movement. Yet all it took was one huge shot and the fight was over. It reeks of a fluke more than anything else, but Lawlor is the one who got his hand raised. It seems unlikely, but perhaps the move up to light heavyweight will resurrect his career.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a long run at middleweight, Lawlor is returning to light heavyweight for this fight. Due to various injuries, he hasn't fought in the UFC since April 2013. This seems like a bad matchup for him. Villante is a terrific athlete and his wrestling is underrated. That's the type of fighter that Lawlor will have problems with these days. Long known more for his quirky personality as opposed to his actually fighting ability, Lawlor needs a strong effort on Saturday for people to take him seriously.