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Robbie Lawler Returns To UFC For First Time Since 2004 At UFC 157

Robbie Lawler had won eight of his first nine professional MMA fights before suffering back-to-back losses in 2004 and leaving the UFC. Now, having grown up since his first stop with the promotion, “Ruthless” is set to return this Saturday night against Josh Koscheck at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche.

Lawler (19-9) has won just one of his last four, but will be moving to welterweight from middleweight. He is a former EliteXC champion, and owns wins over the likes of Matt Lindland, Frank Trigg and Melvin Manhoef.

“It is very exciting (to return to the UFC),” said Lawler, during a pre-fight press conference Thursday. “I didn’t realize it had been that long (since I last fought in the promotion). Kinda makes me feel old.”

Lawler felt that having to go up against fighters at 185 pounds who were much bigger, the decision to cut weight was a wise one.

“For me to fight at a high level, I need to cut a little bit of weight,” Lawler said. “This is the big show. The first time I was here, I didn’t want to do everything, I just wanted to fight. Now, I think I am ready for that and excited to be here.”