Filthy Tom Lawlor Says He Will Be Handed 2-Year USADA Suspension Retroactive to October/November


Yesterday on the F4D podcast, available at, 11-fight UFC Veteran Tom Lawlor revealed that his 2-year USADA suspension following a positive test for Ostarine on October 10 is nearly finalized.

Even though Lawlor has always insisted doesn’t take supplements now and has never taken supplements at any point in his career, he was notified of his potential violation on November 3.

“I just got an email from USADA — It was that final paperwork so I’ll probably be suspended for two years soon retroactive to November or October,” said ‘Filthy’ Tom on Tuesday.

Lawlor, the self-proclaimed The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Champion (he’s the last fighter from that season under contract now that Phillipe Nover has announced his retirement), will now be out of action for 24-months, and immediately after ‘Filthy’ found out he was flagged 3 months ago- he became an emotional wreck.

“I have been through every single emotion. I have been up for hours in the middle of the night, staring off into space – crying, thinking about this whole thing,” Lawlor said after learning about his potential violation.

The UFC released this Statement on November 3:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case.

It is important to note that, under UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Tom Lawlor (MMA Record 10-6-1) has not competed since he lost to Corey Anderson at UFC 196 last March via unanimous decision, didn’t have a fight scheduled when he was notified of his suspension a few months ago, and will not be eligible to compete until he is almost 36 years old. At that point, a comeback would be not impossible, but highly improbable.