UFC 139 Fight Card Primer: Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman

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In a bout that was strangely dropped from a spot on the televised Spike show to the undercard, a guy known for his humorous entrances and toughness in the cage will take on a rising star in a semi-shallow division. TUF 9's Tom Lawlor (11-3, 1 NC, 3-2 UFC) meets likely the best prospect at 185 in the UFC, Chris Weidman (6-0, 2-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC 139.

Weidman is currently ranked at number 21 at middleweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Lawlor is unranked. A win for Lawlor isn't likely going to get him on the charts, but it'd be a solid start. And Weidman isn't likely to move up much with a win. This middleweight UFC 139 fight will be on the preliminary card, and will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Lawlor: 28 years old | 6'0" | 74" reach
Weidman: 27 years old | 6'2" | 78" reach

What have these two done recently?

Lawlor: W - Patrick Cote (UD)  | L -  Joe Doerksen (SUB) | l - Aaron Simpson (SD)
Weidman: W - Jesse Bongfeldt (SUB) | W - Alessio Sakara (UD) | W - Valdir Araujo (UD) 

How did these two get here?

"Filthy" Tom Lawlor had just six pro fights and had never been out of the first round when he was selected for The Ultimate Fighter 9. Unfortunately, he ran into eventual winner (and fellow UFC 139 participant) Ryan Bader in his first fight in the house, and was knocked out in the first round. He's had an up-and-down career in the UFC so far, picking up a sub of the night and fight of the night bonus along the way but never gaining much traction. A win over the uber-prospect would do wonders for his career.


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Chris Weidman is a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American in wrestling, and has shown great promise in his brief MMA career to date. In just his third pro fight, he knocked out Uriah Hall to win the Ring of Combat middleweight title. After another decision win later in the year, Weidman was brought into replace Rafael Natal and took on veteran Alessio Sakara at UFC on Versus 3, where won a 30-27 decision. He was again a late replacement at UFC 131, where he submitted Jesse Bongfeldt with a brutal standing guillotine at the end of the first round. He'll look to continue his ascension with a win over the scrappy Lawlor.

Why should you care?

You should watch as many of Weidman's bouts as you can now, because I have a feeling he'll be fighting for a title one day. That, and Lawlor's entrance should be entertaining at least.

 

More UFC 139 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

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