Robbie Lawler vs. Josh Koscheck at UFC 157

by Carlos Arias |

The OC Register is reporting that an unexpected match up is set for UFC 157 on Feb. 23 at Honda Center

Robbie Lawler, who has won multiple titles at middleweight, is dropping down to welterweight for his return to the UFC when he takes on former UFC welterweight title-challenger Josh Koscheck, UFC officials announced on Wednesday night.

Lawler fought at 170 pounds early in his career and went 4-3 in his first stint in the UFC from 2002-04. After leaving the UFC, Lawler went on to win the Superbrawl, Icon Sport and EliteXC middleweight titles. Lawler, 30, has lost three of his past four fights in Strikeforce.

Koscheck, a former NCAA national wrestling champion and original cast member on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off a split decision loss to Johny Hendricks.

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GayGuardMooseSaucy site profile image  

12/23/12 8:27 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

THISI get so frustrated with this shit. We need a GP if they're gonna just make fights without putting the rankings in mind. Lawler vs. Alves Lawler vs. SexyamaLawler vs. Swick Lawler vs. WonderboyStart making fun stylistic fights.

circa305 site profile image  

12/23/12 7:14 PM by circa305

Lawler vs Alves would have been a much better match up. This is poor match making.

iCameiLostiRetiredDiaz site profile image  

12/23/12 6:49 PM by iCameiLostiRetiredDiaz

I hope Lawler catches Kos

Woodford Mike site profile image  

12/21/12 12:29 PM by Woodford Mike

Would prefer to see Lawlor fight another striker, say Alves, as his return fight to the UFC. Would be a great striking battle and give him a better chance to showcase his skills.Agree with others who say Kos SHOULD take this. Wouldn't shock me though if he gets baited into a slugfest with Lawlor.

fightharder site profile image  

12/21/12 12:13 PM by fightharder

While i appreciate all the wars Lawlor has brought to us fans i am not really excited about this match up at all. Styles make fights and we all know that Lawlors biggest deficiency is still his take-down defense/wrestling.   So while Kos might begin slugging because of a sense of honour this fight will get to the ground fast and Robbie will end up being pounded out.   I really rather would have seen Koscheck vs Rory. It would be interesting to see how Rory would fair against a top level wrestler. I will enjoy the Condit fight but it is at least noticable that they never match up Rory against a fighter with such a skillset yet.   Anyways this fight will be a relatively easy win for Kos. This is the epitomy of a punchers chance but its a bad matchup in terms of excitement nonetheless.

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

12/21/12 11:31 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

low 190's

PermitMeFisticuffsBrother site profile image  

12/21/12 9:57 AM by PermitMeFisticuffsBrother

Robbie's game plan will probably keep Kos at bay with a few eye pokes at first, then get ground and man loved for 3 rounds.

stonepony site profile image  

12/20/12 10:48 PM by stonepony

Why the hell should Gilbert be gifted a title-shot ahead of all of the fighters who have been fighting top competition in the UFC? How about Melendez beat 1 credible contender first?

Uchi site profile image  

12/20/12 10:17 PM by Uchi

I like Koscheck for this, but wouldnt put money on it.

HandyDarsh site profile image  

12/20/12 9:52 PM by HandyDarsh

Pretty sure kos strikes when he is getting out wrestled, or knows his striking is better.Other than that he lays and occasionally subs