'Filthy' Tom Lawlor says jump to PFL a 'golden lottery ticket'

Former UFC fighter "Filthy" Tom Lawlor recently signed with the PFL, he said on Wednesday's edition of Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.

Lawlor, who also works as a pro wrestler for Major League Wrestling, will compete in the promotion's light heavyweight division.

"I have been given the golden lottery ticket to compete in this year's PFL in the light heavyweight division for $1 million," he said. "I am here to tell you it is my absolute goal, it is my destiny, to take home that money, and it's gonna happen at the end of 2020."

Lawlor (10-7, 1 NC) last fought in November 2018, when he lost to Deron Winn in the lone Golden Boy MMA event. Before that, he was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for two years because the banned substance ostarine was found in his system. The UFC released Lawlor with two months left on his suspension after repeated claims that he didn't know how the substance got in his system and repeated requests to be released in the midst of the suspension.

His last UFC appearance was a March 2016 loss to Corey Anderson.

Lawlor's debut is expected to be announced soon. PFL's third season -- which will feature multiple former UFC fighters, such as Rory MacDonald and Olivier Aubin-Mercier, making their promotional debuts -- kicks off in late spring.