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.