Tom Lawlor flagged for potential USADA violation

Tom Lawlor is the latest to run into complications with USADA.

The long-time UFC veteran was notified on Thursday of a potential violation of the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on October 10. The banned substance detected in his sample has not been revealed, in accordance with USADA policy, and further investigation will be conducted before Lawlor receives any form of penalty. As a result, he has been provisionally suspended.

Lawlor (10-6) is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Corey Anderson at UFC 196. He is 2-1 in his last three bouts with his most recent wins being finishes of Gian Villante and Michael Kuiper.

The full statement issued by the UFC on the potential violation can be read below.

"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. 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."


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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