Robbie Lawler Returns to UFC and Welterweight with Tough Matchup

| December 20, 2012 | 2:34 pm | Reply

Robbie Lawler After eight Strikeforce bouts and a 3-5 record, knockout artist Robbie Lawler (19-9, 1 NC) is heading back to the UFC in 2013. It will be the “ruthless” ones second stint inside the Octagon, having fought seven times between 2002 and 2004 to a 4-3 record. His time under the Strikeforce banner had its ups and downs but Robbie Lawler always brought the fight to his opponent.

During his time with Strikeforce Lawler fought primarily at middleweight and took on Ronaldo “Jacere” Souza in 2011 for the Strikeforce middleweight championship. When he returns to the UFC it will also be returning to the welterweight division for the first time since losing to Nick Diaz at UFC 47 in 2004.

Welcoming Robbie Lawler back to the UFC will be Josh Koscheck (17-6) who is coming off a split decision loss to Johny Hendricks. The Ultimate Fighter season 1 semi-finalist has been a mainstay near the top of the welterweight division for years and will poise serious issues for Lawler. Koscheck has only been knocked out once during his career and has the wrestling to put Lawler on his back and keep him there. With the experience of fighting heavy-handed guys like Paul Daley and Johny Hendricks give Koscheck a huge advantage.

The two will face each other at UFC 157 on February 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Headlining the card will be the first-ever women’s fight in UFC history between bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. Where the Lawler versus Koscheck fight ends up on the UFC 157 fight card has yet to be determined.

While it is a tough draw for Robbie Lawler in his UFC return he has to be thrilled with the high risk, high reward opponent he has been given.

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