Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
In the opening main card bout of UFC 157, Robbie Lawler stopped Josh Koscheck with strikes in the first round of their welterweight bout.
Robbie Lawler hadn't fought in the UFC in eight years, but he made a pretty impressive return to the organization at UFC 157 against Josh Koscheck. After fighting off Koscheck's signature wrestling, Lawler started bombing away and got a TKO finish at 3:57 of the first round. It may have come a bit early for some, but it doesn't really matter now.
Koscheck came out quickly with a big punch and knee. Koscheck got the takedown right after that. Lawler was able to get up quickly but Koscheck maintained control with a front headlock long enough to get it back down. Lawler got back to his feet again, and the two men engaged in a lengthy clinch battle against the cage.
Finally Lawler pancaked Koscheck, and landed a big punch that seemed to stun Koscheck. His hands drop after a few more Lawler punches and Herb Dean stopped it. Koscheck looked okay though.