FAIRFAX, VA - MAY 15: Tom Lawlor reacts after knocking out Jason MacDonald in a middleweight bout during the UFC on Fuel TV event at Patriot Center on May 15, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Before his UFC on Fuel 3 bout with Jason MacDonald last night, Tom Lawlor hadn't stepped in the cage in seven months and apparently wasn't in the best of financial shape. He won a $40,000 dollar bonus for knockout of the night, which came in very handy. Lawlor spoke to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani in a post-fight interview about his money issues:
"I'll be honest. I'm broke. I have no money. This money that I got today, it's going to be the first time I've deposited a check in over a year. A year and a half. This is like a big deal to me. I had to borrow money from friends and family just in order to go into this fight. I want to thank them, obviously. This means a lot to me mentally, it means a lot to my bank account."
"I think I miscalculated the cost of living in the Northeast. I basically took all my money, bought a house and blew through my money - just living costs, traveling, price of gas, multiple training locations."
I'm not 100% sure, but I seem to remember Lawlor posting on the UG a month or two ago to ask for some advice in regards to gyms that might be hiring trainers. I didn't think much about it at the time, but it makes sense now. This is similar to what Pat Barry had to deal with back in 2009, when he said he was going to be evicted six days after his UFC 104 bout with Antoni Hardonk and was down to eating ketchup and rice. Being a fighter definitely isn't easy for some guys.
You can catch the whole interview after the jump.