Robbie Lawler returns to the Octagon, meets Josh Kocheck at UFC 157 in February

Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show veteran Josh Koscheck will welcome one of the sport's hardest-hitters back to the Octagon when he takes on Robbie Lawler at UFC 157 on Feb. 23, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif.

A welterweight bout between former 170-pound title challenger Josh Koscheck and longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Robbie Lawler has reportedly been added to UFC 157 for the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Feb. 23, 2013.

Having spent the last three years competing under the Strikeforce banner, Lawler has not competed in the UFC since 2004. The fight against Koscheck will take place at 170 pounds, a weight class Lawler has not competed in since a knockout loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 47.

Carlos Arias of the Orange County Register confirmed the pending match up with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials on Wednesday evening.

Koscheck (17-6) had his two-fight win-streak snapped at UFC on FOX 3 last May when he suffered a unanimous decision defeat to top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks. The 35-year-old was scheduled to face Jake Ellenberger at UFC 151 last September, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.

UFC 157 will mark Koscheck's 22nd appearance inside the Octagon since joining the UFC roster in 2005.

Lawler (19-9, 1 NC) has struggled to find consistency in recent years, going 4-5 in his past nine bouts. After competing in organizations around the world such as IFL, PRIDE, EliteXC, Strikeforce, "Ruthless" returns to the company where he fought seven of his first 11 professional bouts.

With 16 knockout victories out of 19-overall wins, the heavy-handed 30-year-old will look to pick up a victory inside the Octagon for the first time since defeating Chris Lytle at UFC 45 on Nov. 21, 2003.

It is unknown at this time if Koscheck vs. Lawler will take place on the pay-per-view (PPV) portion of the card, or the preliminary card, which is expected to air on FX and Facebook.

UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" is headlined by the first ever UFC women's bantamweight championship bout as Ronda Rousey attempts to defend her UFC title for the first time against Liz Carmouche. Also announced for the card is a light heavyweight contender bout of Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida and a bantamweight rematch between Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar.

For more news and notes on UFC 157 click here.

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