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Robbie Lawler returning to the UFC for welterweight collision with Josh Koscheck

Ronda Rousey and Lavar Johnson won’t be the only fighters with Strikeforce roots to see action in the Octagon on February 23 at UFC 157, as it looks like Robbie Lawler will be returning to the UFC for the first time in more than eight years at the event. Though not officially announced, Lawler is likely taking on former title-contender Josh Koscheck in a main card clash.

The OC Register was first to report the rumble.

Lawler spent the last few years of his career competing under the Strikeforce banner where he picked up wins over Matt Lindland and Melvin Manhoef. The heavy-handed Midwesterner holds an overall record of 19-9 with sixteen strike-based stoppages.

The 17-6 Koscheck is no stranger to knocking opponents out either though owes a good deal of success to his grappling prowess. He hasn’t fought since a controversial decision loss to Johny Hendricks this past May, racking up impressive victories over the likes of Anthony Johnson, Paul Daley, and Matt Hughes prior to the stumble.


  • G-DUB says:

    Another move for the UFC towards sports entertainment. I had Lawler pegged for the World Series of Fighting where he belongs as a has-been or a never-was. I don’t understand this pickup or matchup on any logical or competitive level.

  • MCM says:

    I was gonna say “You’re nuts G-DUB.” Then I took a closer look at Robbies record lately. 4-5-1 in the past 4 years. I think this will be a fun fight but rankings wise, yeah you’re right, this makes no sense.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Come on….how funny would be if Kos got knocked the fuck out?? Im in for this fight but Kos will pick up the W on this one

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Lawler is the Jeremy Stephens of the MW division. Which isn’t an insult, but not great either. If they could have brought him over in time to fight Leben next month, that could have been pretty cool. But this is just a terrible matchup for Robbie, and the result will be the same as when he’s fought other grapplers like Shields, Jacare & Kennedy.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    It makes sense in that both guys are coming off losses and with Lawler there is ALWAYS the one punch ko power to worry about. Kos is to good all around imo but you never know.

  • G-DUB says:

    The issue I have with Lawler is that the one punch ko power is ALL that he has left. If you’ve watched his past 5-6 fights, you know that he’s slowed down a bit from his heyday, doesn’t slip punches well and can’t avoid the simplest takedowns. Even the fight that he won against Manhoef, he was getting destroyed before throwing the HR punch. One-trick ponies like Lawler don’t and shouldn’t make the UFC roster any longer. However, since he has a KO highlight reel that the UFC can show over and over again, they bring him in. My point is, all things being equal, he is completely undeserving of a roster spot. It also shows how confused the UFC is about what to do with Kos at this point in his career.


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