Bobby Voelker versus Patrick Cote at UFC 158

Bobby Voelker, Strikeforce veteran, will make his Octagon debut by facing Patrick Cote in March 16 at UFC 158 for a much-awaited welterweight bout.

Patrick Cote was originally pitted against Alessio Sakara for a rematch fight but Sakara was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering from an injury. “The Predator” will now have to make the weight to 170 pounds to face Voelker for a welterweight fight. The venue for UFC 158 is the Bell Centre in Montreal with a headline fight between long time UFC champion Georges St, Pierre and former Strikeforce fighter Nick Diaz.

Bobby “Vicious” Voelker is a 33 year old welterweight from Kansas City, Kansas, United States. He holds a superb record of 24 wins and 8 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a TKO victory over Roger Bowling in Strikeforce – Challengers 17 in July 2011 in just 2 minutes and 16 seconds of round 2. This was his third time to meet Bowling; the second was in Challengers 11 in October 2010 via TKO again within round 2 of the fight and the first was in Challengers 8 in May 2010 where he lost via technical decision. During the span of Vicious’ professional career, he has faced and defeated famous fighters like Amir Rahnavardi,  Dominic Brown,  Ryan Braun, Nathan Looker and Matt Delanoit to name a few. When he was still fighting amateur MMA he held a perfect fighting record from 2002 to 2005 win no losses and no contest.

On the other hand, Patrick “The Predator” Cote is 32 year old middleweight from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He holds 18 wins and only 8 losses in his professional career. His last fight was a win over Alessio Sakara in UFC 154 –St. Pierre versus Condit in November 17, 2012; he ended the fight in just a minute and 26 seconds of round 1. Before this, he suffered a loss via unanimous decision under Cung Lee at UFC 148- Silva versus Sonnen 2. He had four consecutive wins from 2011 to March 2012 as he conquered great fighters at AFC, Instinct Fighting and Ringside MMA.

This match will surely be much awaited by fans since Cote will have to keep trim and prepare hard to beat Voelker in the welterweight division. UFC 158 will also feature Johny Hendricks versus Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Condit versus Rory MacDonald.

It’s Robbie Lawler versus Josh Koscheck at UFC 157

Still remember Robbie Lawler? After an eight-year long absence, the fighter will return to fight Josh Koscheck at UFC 157 on February 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, United States.

UFC 157 is also a historic fight for UFC because it is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title match between Ronda Rousey and Strikeforce title holder Liz Carmouche.

What did Robbie Lawler do when he was away from UFC? He has not competed at welterweight since 2004 when he was upset by Nick Diaz in UFC 47. His last appearance was in UFC 50 when he lost to Evan Tanner. He was busy with Icon Sport and EliteXC winning middleweight titles before he joined Strikeforce in 2009.

Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler is now 30 years old; he still fights middleweight. He is a native of Granite City, Illinois, USA and he currently has 19 wins, 9 losses and 1 no contest record. His last fight was a loss to Lorenz Larkin in Strikeforce –Rockhold versus Kennedy in July 2012 via unanimous decision. He juggled between losses and wins over his career in Strikeforce but he has managed to takedown impressive fighters like Adlan Amagov, Matt Linland, Melvin Manhoef and Scott Smith. His last fight at UFC was a loss to Evan Tanner in UFC 50 – The War of ’04 in October 2004 via submission choke in just 2 minutes of the first round.

His opponent for UFC 157, Josh “KOS” Koscheck is a 35 year old welterweight from Buffalo, New York and he currently has 17 wins and 6 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 – Diaz versus Miller in May 2012 via split decision. KOS has defeated superb fighters with his skill like Mike Pierce, Matt Hughes, Paul Daley, Anthony Johnson, Frank Trigg and Yoshiyuki Yoshida to name a few. He will forever be remembered as a fighter who challenged Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title two years ago however he suffered severe injuries (broken orbital bone) leading to an unanimous decision loss.

The two will square off next year in February and fans will surely crave for more news as this historic fight draws near. UFC 157 will also feature Lyoto Machida versus Dan Henderson, Urijah Faber versus Ivan Menjivar and Chad Mendes versus Manny Gamburyan to name a few.

How to Come Out of a Knockout Loss by Mike Swick

After seven and a half years of full fighting form in the Octagon, Mike Swick found himself at the receiving end of Matt Brown’s left hook-straight right combination at UFC on Fox 5 last December 8.

It was just 2 minutes and 31 seconds into the second round when Brown let out his impressive move that knocked out Mike Swick. Most who witnessed the KO live thought that Swick broke his jaw that day but according to Quick in his interview with Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time” show with Bruce Buffer, there was actually no pain at all. “If you look at the replay, he landed the shot directly on my jaw, which just completely looks like it broke my jaw or something and I had absolutely no pain in my haw the next day.”

Swick added: “I always have pain in my haw. It always hurts to bite down after a fight. That’s just the way it is because you get hit in the jaw, and where the bone locks into your head, it always gets pulled and stretched, but for some reason, my jaw was completely fine. It’s amazing how clean that shot was.”

This fight is Swicks’s second for the year and this was because he was forced to rest for a variety of reasons including a recent knee injury. However this loss is really important to him and he wants to go back into his fighting form soon.

“I’m going to go back to get it better for the future, “Swick admitted: “This is my third operation on this knee in the last 14 months or whatever, but there was no issue with the knee. It was one of those nights where I didn’t perform how I wanted and it sucks because it was really important for me to put on a great performance Even though I won a really good fight in August, there were parts of that fight I didn’t like. I wanted to perform better, I trained really hard and put a lot of hard work into these last 10 weeks to put on the performance I wanted to, and it didn’t happen.”

Mike “Quick” Swick mentioned that he just got to get his form back and has to train harder and tougher for his next fights. “You’ve got to pick yourself back up” he said.