After an eight-year absence, Robbie Lawler will return to the Octagon on Feb. 23 to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 157.

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 queen Ronda Rousey against onetime Strikeforce title contender Liz Carmouche.

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 Tanner.

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 and Mike Pierce spoiled by a hard-fought split decision defeat to Johny Hendricks this past May at UFC on Fox 3.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Former Champ Fabricio Werdum Faces Ben Rothwell at UFC 203

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

A mere two weeks after losing the heavyweight title, Fabricio Werdum already has his next fight booked. read news >>

Marcelo Tenorio Faces Askar Mozharov in Full Metal Dojo 10 Main Event

  • 23 days ago
  • 15 views

Full Metal Dojo 10 is set for Bangkok this Saturday night. It will be headlined by a match-up between two Thailand based light heavyweights. read news >>

Rose Namajunas Faces Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201

  • 18 days ago
  • 33 views

An intriguing matchup between strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz has been added to the July 30, UFC 201 fight card in Atlanta. read news >>

Robbie Lawler Talks Conor McGregor Before UFC 201 Title Fight vs. Tyron Woodley

  • 16 days ago
  • 105 views

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler said he "wasn't too worried" about his previously rumored Conor McGregor fight and would have taken the featherweight's soul if they went head-to-head. "His so read news >>

Bellator 158 Fight Card Set, Michael Page Now Faces Evangelista Santos in London

  • 16 days ago
  • 26 views

Arguably England’s two top welterweights, Paul “Semtex” Daley (38-13-2) and Michael “Venom” Page (10-0) have each been assigned new opponents for the upcoming “Bellator 158: London” event. read news >>

Bellator 156 Gets New Co-Main Event, Fight Card Finalized

  • 15 days ago
  • 9 views

An injury to Bellator 158 competitor Josh Koscheck has paved the way for a new co-main event at Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2, pitting Chidi Njokuani against Thiago Jambo. read news >>

Mike Arrant Replaces Injured Thiago Meller, Faces John Howard at WSOF 31

  • 10 days ago
  • 6 views

World Series of Fighting announced today that Thiago Meller has withdrawn from his scheduled welterweight contest against John Howard, who will now face Mike Arrant at WSOF 31. read news >>

Former Bellator Champ Will Brooks Signs with UFC, Faces Ross Pearson at TUF 23 Finale

  • 10 days ago
  • 28 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks has inked a deal with the UFC. read news >>

Will Brooks makes UFC debut on July 8

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

Highly-regarded lightweight Will Brooks will make his Octagon debut on Friday, July 8, as he faces Ross Pearson on the TUF 23 Finale card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

McGann represents 'greatest fighting city’ at EFN 50 - MMA Plus

  • 9 days ago
  • 9 views

Liverpool’s Jack McGann is looking to represent ‘the greatest fighting city’ when he faces Russian Abdulla Dadaev at EFN 50 on UFC Fight Pass. read news >>