Lawlor’s two-year contract expires soon and he ends with the company, according to Fightful Select. MLW sources confirmed the departure and praised the veteran talent.
Lawlor is done with MLW from now on, as the recent Casket Match was a way to effectively exclude him from intrigue. That match saw Lawlor lose to MLW Caribbean heavyweight champion King Muertes when recording Fightland in Philadelphia earlier this month. There was still time on Lawlor’s contract, but it will expire before MLW’s next set of TV tapes in November.
Team leader Filthy started working with MLW in 2017 and is a former MLW heavyweight world champion. He won the Battle Riot match in 2018 and won the Opera Cup tournament in 2020.
Lawlor currently works for NJPW after making his debut for the promotion in July 2020. He became the first-ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion in April after winning the New Japan Cup USA tournament, beating Brody King in the final.
Lawlor has expressed interest in returning to MMA and said he left his gloves in the ring after his last fight, but was not officially retired. Lawlor remains under contract with the PFL (Pro Fighters League). The former UFC star last fought on June 17 of this year, defeating Jordan Young by unanimous decision at the PFL 5 event in Atlantic City. He currently has an MMA record of 11-8-1.
It’s unclear if 38-year-old Lawlor is interested in AEW or WWE, or what the status of his contract with NJPW is, but we’ll keep you posted.
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