The Major League Wrestling (MLW) landscape just got a whole lot filthier.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, who cut his mixed martial arts (MMA) teeth on season eight of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show, will make his return to the pro wrestling circuit for MLW: “One-Shot.”
That’s where the three-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association Champion will tangle with 2004 Olympic wrestling standout Jeff Cobb, who will bring a considerable size advantage into their Oct. 5 showdown, slated for GILT Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Just don't expect Lawlor to be intimated by his opponent’s lofty credentials.
“I’m gonna chew him up like corn on the cob,” he said. “Jeff Cobb is a guy I wanted to wrestle since I got back into the independent wrestling scene. He has a high-level background and he's been tearing it up. He likes to hit hard, throw guys around, beat people up, a man after my own heart.”
A prolific finisher, Lawlor stepped away from UFC with a respectable record of 10-6 (1 NC), racking up eight stoppages in 10 wins, four of them by way of submission. Not surprisingly, those skills will be called upon this October in “The Sunshine State.”
“It’s going to be a tough balance between MMA and pro wresting, especially against a guy like Cobb,” Lawlor said. “I would expect more striking in this match, based on the 60-70 pound size difference. Look for a lot of striking and submissions.”
Fans can also look for another highlight-reel walkout, some of which made him famous under the UFC banner. Referred to as “the best weigh-in guy ever” by color commentator Joe Rogan, Lawlor has aped everyone from Hulk Hogan to The Shockmaster.
Watch his “best of” clip here.
Unfortunately, Lawlor was tight-lipped about his upcoming entrance, which he insists is “buried under a pile of dirt” and hidden so well, even he doesn’t know what’s in store. But when asked what fans could expect against Cobb on Oct. 5, he was far more definitive.
MLW: “One-Shot” will be headlined by Ricochet vs. Shane "Swerve" Strickland, while MVP collides with Sami Callihan. Commentated by legendary broadcaster Tony Schiavone alongside Rich Bocchini (formally NXT’s Rich Brennan), replays will be available at MLW.tv in the days following the event.
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