UFC middleweight Tom Lawlor has drawn a fair-sized following based on his weigh-in and entrance antics, occasionally backing his showmanship up with an impressive effort in the Octagon to boot. However, Lawlor’s last fight was anything but entertaining in the opinions of many – including his – even though it involved a Split Decision loss to rising star Francis Carmont.
Given his stumble and the lackluster nature of the scrap, Lawlor recently revealed he feels his back is against the wall this weekend at UFC on Fuel 9 where he’ll face Michael Kuiper (12-1).
“If I lose this fight, I won’t be fighting in the UFC unless it’s the most exciting fight in the history of man. And based on my past fight record, that’s probably not going to happen. I pretty much have to walk out with a win to keep my job,” Lawlor admitted to Yahoo Sports. “The Carmont fight, not even the fact that I lost, the fact that the fight was pretty crappy to watch and pretty much boring — not a lot of action — I think hurt me more than the loss itself.”
Lawlor even produced evidence of the hit his performance had on his standing in the organization.
“If you look at my spot on this card, I’m the second fight of the night. I just went from being on a pay-per-view card that did pretty well as far as pay-per-view buys go — I think that was based purely on the fact I was on the card. The fight was so boring they shoved me down onto Facebook,” explained Lawlor, inserting a little trademark humor into an otherwise serious topic.
UFC 154, where Lawlor collided with Carmont, was headed by PPV juggernaut Georges St-Pierre. Though fewer eyes may be on the 8-5 Lawlor this time around, he clearly believes those of his supervisors will be focused on his fight at Saturday night’s show.
A loss to Kuiper would drop Lawlor’s record in the UFC to 4-5.
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