EXCLUSIVE | Tom Lawlor Discusses His Recent Knee Surgery and Hopeful Return in the Spring | Late Night Cage Side Radio
| Our boys over at BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cage Side Radio invited UFC veteran and fan-favorite Tom Lawlor onto the show to catch up on what has been going on in his life since his submission victory over Mike Kuiper back in April. Lawlor had a lot to talk about in regards to injuries, surgeries, and when he was expecting to step back into the octagon. Here are some of the highlights from Lawlor’s interview on BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cage Side Radio:
Lawlor suffered a horrendous knee injury in his win against Kuiper back on April 6th in Sweden. The injury consisted of a torn ACL, a torn MCL, and torn meniscus. Lawlor was asked if he knew when the injury occurred during the bout and he replied,
“I know exactly 100% when it happened. He hit me with a Judo throw about 2 minutes in. I think there was about 3 minutes to go in the first round. My leg just stayed planted on the ground and it just tore. It made a noise, like a loud pop, and a crackle; a snap, crackle and pop. So I knew something was wrong with it but when you have the adrenaline flowing and the swelling hadn’t kicked in yet I was able to keep fighting and eventually get the win.”
Lawlor admitted that Kuiper was tossing him around like a rag-doll early in the bout but was not surprised that he was able to submit Kuiper with a guillotine in the second round. He stated, “I guess he thought he was going to be able to slam me and take me down again but I was ready and waiting, and willing to choke him.”
He was then asked to talk about the surgery on his knee:
“I guess it’s pretty bad,” Lawlor explained. “Definitely a lot of work that goes into an ACL surgery and a lot of rehab. I’m still about two months out from the surgery at this point so it’s supposed to be another four months before I’m totally cleared. I’ve been exercising it the whole time and doing rehab. I’m able to start moving around and doing a little bit of boxing stuff now but it’s still a work in progress.”
Lawlor was also asked if the UFC helped with the financial aspects or anything else in the process of Lawlor’s surgery. He stated, “UFC’s been great, taking care of everything.”
He explained that the UFC had Lawlor come out to Vegas to have their doctor operate on his knee and he decided to spend some time there following the operation. He explained, “I had the surgery done in Vegas so I spent a month out in Vegas afterward.”
Tom has always been very active in the UFC but this surgery will obviously keep him out for some time. He was asked if knew when he would be back in the octagon.
“I’m thinking next spring, is what the doctors said,” Lawlor explained. “He said next spring is probably about the time I’ll be ready to fight.”
He then told the crew that he had moved to Virginia and was working on another project during his recovery. He stated, “I’m actually the executive director of third party sanctioning bodies in MMA in Virginia.”
“I schedule referees, I schedule time keepers. There’s this group, the GCA; Global Combat Alliance, they’ve been around for 10 or 15 years but they’ve had different directors in charge. He continued, “The guy that was here left and I had reached out to multiple outlets looking for jobs over the past year or so and this came along and I was brought on board. I’m pretty pumped up. It’s a pretty cool job.”
Tom Lawlor is good friends with Seth Petruzelli and he was asked how Seth was doing since his recent retirement from MMA. Lawlor stated that he doing well and explained that he had hung out with Seth while in Vegas. He then told the boys a story from one of the nights the two were having a good time in Vegas. Lawlor explained, “Seth spread his legs out and let her boot him right in the balls and he dropped to the ground in agonizing pain and, I mean, this was in front of a crowd of people. It was the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen and probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.”
Lawlor was then asked if he was eyeing a certain fight for his return or if he knew what kind of opponent he wanted when he was healthy enough to return. He replied, “It’s tough to say. It’s a pretty serious injury so it’s tough to say how well my movement is at this point. I haven’t grappled in four months so that’s a big chunk out of the year. Once I figure that out then I’ll start thinking about opponents.”
“As long as I have a month’s notice I’ll pretty much fight anybody.”
The conversation ended on a typical Tom Lawlor comedic moment when co-host Chase Raymond asked him to tell the fans something that they might not know about him.
“My guess would be that I have the smallest penis in the UFC,” Lawlor laughingly replied. “And I’m going to include the women’s division in that.”
We would like to thank Tom Lawlor for joining us on BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cage Side Radio and we wish him all the best of luck for a very speedy and successful recovery on his knee. We’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on his progress in the coming months.
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