Tom Lawlor & Ken Shamrock Open Up About Their Recent ‘Bar Brawl’

Ken Shamrock

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 22: Ken Shamrock poses during a portrait shoot prior to UFC 40 on November 22, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Lynch/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ken Shamrock and ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor recently engaged in a match in a very unique setting. Ultimate Bar Brawl was the stage for their combat, and on a show that featured contagious vomiting, these two MMA super fighters competed in a hard-hitting brawl. When talking to Bleacher Report, both men detailed what went through their mind throughout the event:

Ken Shamrock talks concern for Lawlor’s safety following a throw to the floor:

“There didn’t seem like there was that much room between them when I walked by it earlier. I remembered having to squeeze through that section. So when I turned, I thought I was going to be able to drop him right onto the platform.

“When I looked down after I threw him, he was on the floor instead. I was like, ‘Oh man, that wasn’t even close.’ His head was laying right by the corner of the platform, and it looked like he was knocked out. I go to the referee, ask him if he’s OK. ‘Is he selling?’ Because I didn’t want to break character, but it didn’t look good.”

Lawlor described feeling an obligation to take damage:

“I didn’t want to put him in a situation where he was uncomfortable. My job was to go out there and make sure neither one of us got hurt, while still giving the fans some good action. That was going to leave me taking the brunt of the beating. I knew that going in, and it ended up being pretty much what I figured.”

“As it was happening, I’m thinking, ‘Holy s–t. He’s really just going to powerbomb me on the floor.’ And in the split-second, I’m thinking that I hit the floor. “Luckily, it’s a spot I’ve done plenty of times in a wrestling ring if not a bar, so I was curling myself up for him to be able to lift me anyway…”

To read the full interview, click here.

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