After an eight-year absence, Robbie
Lawler will return to the Octagon on Feb. 23 to face Josh
Koscheck at UFC
The Orange County Register first reported the news, and Sherdog.com
verified the booking Thursday with a source close to the fight.
UFC 157 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and is
headlined by a women’s bantamweight title tilt pitting reigning
Rousey against onetime Strikeforce title contender Liz
Lawler has not competed at welterweight since 2004, when he was
upset by Nick Diaz at
UFC 47. Moving to 185 pounds for his next bout, “Ruthless” made his
last Octagon appearance in a UFC 50 submission loss to Evan
The Iowan then parted ways with the Las Vegas-based promotion and
went on to win the Icon Sport and EliteXC middleweight titles
before signing with Strikeforce in 2009. Lawler posted a 3-5 record
with that organization, coming up short in his bid to capture the
Strikeforce middleweight belt from Ronaldo
Souza in January 2011. Most recently, the hard-hitting southpaw
was outpointed by Lorenz
Larkin on July 14.
Koscheck has won five of his last seven fights. “The Ultimate
Fighter” Season 1 alumnus challenged Georges St.
Pierre for the UFC welterweight title two years ago, only to
have his orbital bone broken by the champion’s jackhammer jab en
route to a unanimous decision defeat. “Kos” then saw back-to-back
victories over Matt Hughes
Pierce spoiled by a hard-fought split decision defeat to
Hendricks this past May at UFC on Fox 3.