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.
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