Despite still having fights left on his current Strikeforce-transferred contract, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Robbie Lawler has signed a new multi-fight contract with the UFC that will keep him in the organization for the foreseeable future.
MMA Junkie confirmed the news with Lawler's manager Monte Cox; however, the length and financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Lawler (20-9, 1 NC) made an emphatic return to the UFC last Saturday night (Feb. 23, 2013) at UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" when he scored an upset first-round knockout victory over Josh Koscheck in the opening bout of the pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast.
Making his return to the welterweight division after several years competing at middleweight, "Ruthless" was pegged as a heavy underdog coming in to the fight, but made quick work of Koscheck, ending the fight in just three minutes and 57 seconds.
It was Lawler's first bout under the UFC banner since Oct. 2004, and his first victory in the organization since 2003.
According to the UFC 157 event payouts from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), Lawler made $105,000 (including $10,000) for his victory over Koscheck.
It is unknown at this time when Lawler plans on making his return to the Octagon or who he will take on next.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on Lawler's next fight as they become available.