UFC cut list: Tom Lawlor needs a win -- or the greatest fight in MMA history -- to stay employed

Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

UFC middleweight Tom Lawlor compares himself to former professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes, which is a fitting comparison, considering their shared history of hard times.

Life's a bitch, then you fight on Facebook.

Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Tom Lawlor could be fighting for his job this Saturday (April 6, 2013) when he locks horns with 185-pound up-and-comer Michael Kuiper on the preliminary card of UFC on FUEL TV 9 from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lawlor (via Yahoo! Sports) blames his "Filthy" performance against Francis Carmont his last time out:

"I'm kind of like the common man. I'm the Dusty Rhodes of the UFC, I guess. I'm not the biggest guy. I'm not the most jacked guy. I'm not the best-looking guy. I try to go in there and try to entertain, try to give it my best every fight. I think people can relate to that. If I lose this fight, I won't be fighting in the UFC unless it's the most exciting fight in the history of man. And based on my past fight record, that's probably not going to happen. I pretty much have to walk out with a win to keep my job. The Carmont fight, not even the fact that I lost, the fact that the fight was pretty crappy to watch and pretty much boring -- not a lot of action -- I think hurt me more than the loss itself. If you look at my spot on the [UFC on FUEL TV 9] card, I'm the second fight of the night. I just went from being on a pay-per-view card that did pretty well as far as pay-per-view buys go -- I think that was based purely on the fact I was on the card. The fight was so boring they shoved me down onto Facebook."

Lawlor (8-5) made a name for himself as a cast member on season eight of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), graduating from the combat sports reality show and posting a 4-4 record in the span of four years. He's perhaps best known for his wacky weigh in antics (like this one) but needs to make his statements inside the cage.

And he's got a young and hungry opponent who's ready to add him to this not-so-prestigious list if he doesn't.

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