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Central Florida's Lawlor Defeats NCAA All-American in UFC-100 Bout

07/15/2009 -

Tom Lawlor, one of the few four-time NCWA All-Americans, made national news last Saturday at the UFC 100. Lawlor, the most prominent wrestler in Central Florida’s NCWA history, beat former NCAA All-American C.B. Dollaway in the featured middleweight bout before a record UFC pay-per-view audience.

Lawlor defeated Dollaway via submission with a guillotine chokehold only 55 seconds into the bout. Lawlor earned the Submission of the Night Award for the quick effort.

Dollaway, an NCAA Division I All-American at Arizona State who also won an NJCAA National title after a stellar high school career in Ohio, was the favorite in the undercard bout.

The win moves Lawlor’s UFC record to 6-1, with five of the six wins coming in the first round.

Lawlor lives in Orlando, Fla., and trains with the American Top Team, a mixed martial arts team that also has “The Ultimate Fighter" alums Ben Saunders and Seth Petruzelli on its roster. He had a short career as a professional wrestler in central Florida before turning pro in 2007. He was an all-state heavyweight at Estero High School in Fort Myers, Fla., after moving south from Swansea, Mass. At UCF, Lawlor earned a social sciences and education degree.

A complete biography on Lawlor that includes a variety of action photos, plus a post-fight video from Saturday, are at this UFC link: