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 at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 at Honda Center, 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, of Granite City, Ill., has lost three of his past four fights in Strikeforce. Lawler is 19-9 with 16 KOs.
Koscheck (17-6), 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. Koscheck, 35, of Fresno, is 15-6 inside the octagon.
Ronda Rousey (6-0) and Liz Carmouche (7-2) will become the first women in UFC history to fight in the octagon when they meet for the newly-minted UFC women’s bantamweight championship in the main event of UFC 157.
In the other confirmed bouts for UFC 157, former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson (29-8) faces former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (18-3) and former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (26-6) takes on Ivan Menjivar (25-9) in a rematch.