UFC light heavyweight Tom Lawlor is known her his entertaining weigh-ins and walkouts. Unfortunately, with the new Reebok deal, which forces all fighters to wear only Reebok gear during fight week, those are now a thing of the past.
Still, Lawlor planned on working with the new rules and still giving the fans a good laugh. The only problem? Reebok wasn’t having it.
On The MMA Hour Lawlor detailed what his plan was until Reebok people basically shot it down.
“My plan was to be Conor McGregor at the weigh-ins, so I had asked if I could wear the Conor McGregor fight kit. You know, they give you the Reebok stuff and they said, ‘do you have any questions?’ I said, ‘yes, I have a question. Can I wear Conor McGregor’s fight kit?’ And the way it was met, to me, was like, ‘why would you want to do that? Why would anyone want to do that? Don’t you want your family to buy these jerseys with your name on them?’ So right there, it clued me in that perhaps the people that were in charge of some of this stuff weren’t as familiar with the product as I would’ve liked.
“That’s what the fans know me as. Now, I don’t expect everybody who’s an MMA fan to know about me. There’s 500 guys in the UFC. Everybody has a different personality, stuff like that. But instead of saying, ‘okay, we’ll look into it,’ it was kind of like, I was insulted basically.”
Instead Lawlor just ended up wearing several layers of Reebok gear, which took him a while to take off no the weigh-in stage. Are you bummed Lawlor can’t be himself?
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