UFC has let go of two fighters this week, both after being with the promotion for a fair amount of time. The first of the two was Tom Lawlor, who was still serving a USADA suspension which was issued back in November of 2016. While serving his suspension Lawlor picked up pro wrestling, a form of entertainment that he had been involved with before. Lawlor was vocal during his suspension about how he had asked for a release, but was not granted one.
News was broke via Dave Meltzer on WrestlingObserver.com on Monday. Lawlor was employed by the UFC for more than a decade, participating in a season of The Ultimate Fighter. He fought in 11 bouts for the UFC, with his most recent one being a loss to Corey Anderson at UFC 196. Outside of the octagon he garnered attention of fans by having a creative personality. Many times he would dress up at weigh-ins, imitating other fighters or personalities within the sport.
The other release by the UFC this week was of Gleison Tibau, another veteran of the sport. Originally reported by MMAFighting.com’s Guilherme Cruz, Tibau will have to look elsewhere if he wants to continue pursuing MMA. Tibau fought 28 times in the UFC, starting back in 2006 against Nick Diaz. He had recently been on a four fight losing streak which started back in 2015, became four in June.