At UFC on Fuel 3, Tom Lawlor showed that he has more to offer than just a pretty face (just look at those eyes!).
One of the funniest characters in MMA today, Lawlor obliterated longtime veteran Jason McDonald in a fight that barely saw either fighter break a sweat, and he did so on his 29th birthday to boot.
Going into this fight, many felt that Lawlor was on the brink of UFC elimination with a loss, so the win was absolutely crucial for "Filthy's" career inside the Octagon.
So where does he go from here? A win over McDonald was huge for him, but it doesn't exactly cement him as a contender or upper echelon fighter.
That considered, here are five logical fights for Lawlor to take following his first-round knockout at UFC on Fuel 3.
All right, all right, I know "Mayhem" has a fight lined up at UFC 146 against CB Dollaway, but should he get past Dollaway, this is the matchup to make.
Both guys are outrageous characters with similarly well-rounded skill sets, and this fight could quite possibly be the most entertaining matchup in UFC history, all the way from the weigh-ins to the after party.
Can you imagine all the ridiculous antics, showboating and flat out insanity that would be present in this fight?
Talk about TV ratings! I smell a FOX or Fuel fight in the works, folks.
A huge middleweight, Karlos Vemola would prove to be a tough test for "Filthy" Tom Lawlor in his next outing.
Since coming into the UFC in 2010, Vemola has fought in the heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, making him one of the largest physical specimens in the 185-pound class and a handful for any opponent.
He's ferocious, he's strong and he showed a resilient attitude in his last bout against Mike Massenzio, coming back from being hurt in the first round and finishing the fight in the second via rear-naked choke.
Adding to this, Vemola is one of the more serious fighters I've ever seen, and a matchup with Lawlor would be hilarious if for nothing else than to see the stark contrast in personalities.
If Chris Leben can ever get his personal life straightened out and make a return to the Octagon, he would make a great opponent for Tom Lawlor.
Lawlor could provide the antics to irritate and light a fire under Leben. This fight could turn out to be an epic matchup of hard-hitting and eccentric figures inside the cage.
Both men are known as crowd-pleasers, win or lose, so this fight would be certain to leave fans satisfied.
A matchup of The Ultimate Fighter alumni, Lawlor vs. Philippou, would be a great fight.
Both men are coming off impressive victories and looking to climb further up the middleweight ladder, so why not make them face off to see who truly deserves the next rung?
Philippou showed improvements in all areas of his game most recently against Court McGee, so it would be interesting to see if Lawlor can show the same kind of evolution and come out on top in a potential matchup with the Greek fighter.
This may be giving Lawlor a bit more credit than he deserves, but I personally have no problems with a potential matchup between "Filthy" and Ed Herman.
Herman is on a tear, winning three straight fights since coming back from injury, but each fight was against lesser opposition.
Lawlor can match Herman's power, and he has the dangerous one-punch ability and all-around game that could give "Short Fuse" problems.
I think this fight would be very generous for Lawlor, but the man is ready for a bigger stage—let's give it to him!