Tom Lawlor gets wacky at UFC media workouts

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 PM ET

MONTREAL - Tom (Filthy) Lawlor made UFC history Thursday.

During Thursday's media workouts, the talented middleweight became the first fighter to stage a sumo match while wearing an adult diaper.

"Seth Petruzelli was the inspiration for it," Lawlor told reporters afterwards. "It was all his idea. So if there's any bad backlash, I want it to be directed solely at him.

"Seth Petruzelli tested them out and said they work great. He plans on wearing one to the after-fight party Saturday night, so he doesn't have to leave his seat."

This is hardly unexpected from Lawlor, who is known for elaborate and wacky entrances. The last time he fought in Montreal — a losing effort to Joe Doerksen in 2010 — he arrived at the weigh-ins dressed as UFC Hall of Fame inductee Dan Severn.

As he made his way down to the cage the following day, he channelled his inner Rocky IV, coming out to James Brown's Living in America dressed as Apollo Creed.

Lawlor remained tight-lipped over what he has up his sleeve this time.

"How to make them laugh? I plan to do that with my fighting ability," Lawlor joked. "I'll have some sort of walk out, but I can't tell anyone that now. I can't show the goods."

Though the Massachusetts native likes to have fun outside the cage, he's all business once the octagon door shuts. Lawlor meets France's Francis Carmont on the main card of UFC 154 in Montreal Saturday and knows he has a tough test ahead of him.

Riding an eight-win fight streak, Carmont has been victorious in his first three UFC appearances. In his promotional debut late last year he picked up a unanimous decision over Chris Camozzi. Since then, he has submitted both Magnus Cedenblad and Karlos Vemola.

Lawlor admitted he lobbied UFC brass to pair him up with the Tristar Gym standout.

"I asked for the fight, he was on the list of names I gave," Lawlor said. "He's on a really good win streak. It has nothing to do with him being (a transplanted) Canadian. I love the Canadian fans, I love Canadian bacon -- I love it all. I love Tim Hortons more than anything."

Carmont said he takes Lawlor's insistence as a compliment.

"It's good because maybe he saw one of my fights in the past and likes my game," Carmont said. "Maybe he thinks I might be a contender for the belt and he wants to fight the best. That's cool.

"He's a tough guy. He's going to come to fight. He's a good wrestler ... Last time, he had knockout of the night against (Jason) MacDonald."

Lawlor admitted he is impressed by Carmont's UFC wins, but feels people are overlooking his game.

"His three performances so far in the UFC, he's looked impressive," Lawlor said. "I have more UFC wins than he has UFC fights. I have more impressive performances in the UFC than he does, so how come no one's asking me about that? Everyone's asking about the impressive performances he's had so far. I have more (UFC) wins than he does.

"This is my chance to go out there and prove I belong in the upper echelon of guys in the UFC at middleweight. I feel like this is my time to shine, not his."

 


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