As it turns out, Tom “Filthy” Lawlor (pictured) might not be a clean fighter. On Thursday, the UFC announced Lawlor has been flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the independent third-party company the UFC hired to conduct random drugs tests on their entire roster, for a possible violation.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Tom Lawlor of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 10, 2016,” the UFC expressed in an all too familiar statement. “USADA has provisionally suspended Lawlor based on the potential anti-doping violation.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
The substances(s) that was discovered in Lawlor’s system was not disclosed.
Lawlor has yet to address his potential flunked drug test, which came during an out-of-competition period so all recreational drugs such as marijuana were not tested for.
The UFC partnered with the USADA to conduct year-round, in- (six hours before and after fights) and out-of-competition drug testing on all UFC fighters in July 2015. The screenings included urine and blood.
Under the UFC’s new policy, first-time offenders for performance-enhancing drug will receive a two-year ban, four years with “aggravating circumstance.” The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Marijuana and other recreational drugs will only be tested in-competition. These failed screenings will result in a one-year suspension, two years for aggravating circumstance. The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
The 33-year-old hasn’t been seen since dropping a unanimous decision to Corey Anderson at UFC 196 in March.