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Report: Robbie Lawler to Make Octagon Return Against Josh Koscheck at UFC 157

(“Damn it. I know I came in here for something…” Photo via Strikeforce)

As if we needed any more evidence that Strikeforce is shutting down after their next event, check this out: Orange County Register reports that veteran banger Robbie Lawler will make his first UFC appearance in over eight years when he faces Josh Koscheck in a welterweight bout at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche (Feburary 23rd, Anaheim). The fight will also mark Lawler’s first match at 170 pounds since his knockout loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 47 in April 2004.

Though Lawler’s recent stint in Strikeforce suggested that the HIT Squad member’s best days are behind him — he won just three of eight fights for the promotion since 2009, and is coming off a decision loss to Lorenz Larkin — “Ruthless” hasn’t lost his savage knockout power, which helped him earn classic victories over Melvin Manhoef and Matt Lindland. (Fun fact: Since leaving the UFC after a middleweight loss to Evan Tanner at UFC 50, Lawler has earned all of his 11 victories by stoppage, with 10 coming via KO/TKO.)

Josh Koscheck is coming off a loss as well, dropping a split-decision to Johny Hendricks in May, but he’ll surely be considered a strong favorite in this matchup, as he’s remained competitive with the top welterweights in the UFC — not to mention the fact that Lawler’s drop to his old weight class could wear him out before the fight. So is Robbie dead meat, or is Kos going night-night?

UFC 157 will feature all these people, plus Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson, Josh Neer vs. Court McGee, and TUF Live winner Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen.

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coldbeer78- December 22, 2012 at 12:35 am
Why the fuck do people keep spelling Condit as "Conduit"? Are all you commenters electricians or what?
Dagnut- December 21, 2012 at 7:35 am
@Amsterdam -Yeah Condit was closeish but I never had a doubt before it was annouced so not that close...i like Diaz style he's a nice boxer but to me he does not do enough damage... close but he didn't win but you need to rate condit higly to Give diaz credit for a close fight there....I don't rate conduit highly..who exactly did conduit beat?? He had a very very close decision over ellenberg..snatched victory from an inexperienced McDonald..MCDonald is going to put him through the paces and condit will be a middle of the pack fighter again wher he belongs...seems harsh but thats the reality....he looked ok against GSP but GSP hadn't fought in 19 months! BJ does not count as a WW...not for 7-8 years
intercept440- December 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm
koscheck by fake kick in the balls followed by eygouge
Mr_Misanthropy- December 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm
I always enjoy a good Lawler dicknailing but he has lost 5 of his last 8 fights. fighting Koscheck makes about as much sense as tits on a bull. Koscheck just took Hendricks to a decision I don't see Lawler having anything that Johnny doesn't.
knucklesamitch- December 20, 2012 at 11:27 am
Ok, Ok ... I'll say it ... GSP wants the Diaz fight because Diaz poses NO THREAT. If GSP fights Hendricks, there is a complete possibility that GSP will get STARCHED just like Fitch and Kampmann.
amsterdamheavy- December 20, 2012 at 9:47 am
Lawler at 170? Expect him to gas early and for Koscheck to dominate him. Hes got a punchers chance and that is it.

@Dagnut; He came over as the Strikeforce WW champion and won one fight against a former UFC WW champion. The Condit decision was close, and was his first loss in like 6 years at WW. Nick always comes to bang and GSP wants the fight so...what the fuck else is there to say about it?
Onan- December 20, 2012 at 9:25 am
I think this fight says a lot about Koscheck's place in the division. He considers himself top contender in the division but this fight is a lose-lose proposition for him. If he beats Robbie convincingly; so what? But if he struggles to a decision or, God forbid, loses that knocks him way down the ladder. I don't understand why the UFC gave him this fight.
mookiestick- December 20, 2012 at 8:35 am
I'd like to see Lawler win and if he does it will be by KO. Believe it or not, I like Kos too and have rooted for him in all of his fightsbut in this one I'm hoping Lawler drops some bombs on him.Robbie's got dynamite in both of his hands. Despite appearing "cranky" in all of his press conferences, he really is a nice guy. I trained at the HIT-Squad for a couple of year before moving to San Diego. More than likely we'll be seeing a Xerox of the Paul Daley vs Kos fight.That'll suck..
algiersheadkick504- December 20, 2012 at 8:27 am
Agree with every fuckers comments so far unless a lucky punch lands lawler will have his oil changed for three rounds
MattB904- December 20, 2012 at 7:34 am
Kos will dry hump him RAW. Even if Lawler can keep it on the feet its not like Kos doesnt have hands too. Looks like a handout for ol' Kos if u ask me...but u didnt.
Dagnut- December 20, 2012 at 7:10 am
He should be getting a rubber match against Diaz... that's his level..Koscheck will man handle him...Its crazy to think Diaz if fighting GSP...he has beaten the grand total of no one...beating a raging LW in BJ Peen does not make you a contender....baffling...they keep saying everyone wants the diaz they really? I dont know any real MMA fans who rate diaz
Nippletwist- December 20, 2012 at 7:04 am
yeah i hope robbies ready to spend 15 minutes on his back
knucklesamitch- December 20, 2012 at 6:42 am
Lawler stands NO chance against Koscheck. Koscheck will just hold him down for the decision. If they keep it standing, Lawler MIGHT be able to KO koscheck in a Paulo Thiago-like fashion.