Clearly, Conor McGregor is most focused on Saturday's UFC 196 welterweight bout with Nate Diaz, but there are more ambitious plans that he's thinking of as well. Most notably, while the fight with Diaz is a welterweight bout, it might just be a warm-up of sorts for the title fight that he has just confirmed he wants with Robbie Lawler.
The fight would go down at UFC 200, and it would be a damn good one.
The 27-year-old last month admitted that a title shot against Robbie Lawler would intrigue him, and now that he has moved up a significant weight, he feels that if he was to stay at welterweight, Lawler would be next on his hit-list
"That's there. I mean, why not? That's probably the leading option."
McGregor has always been vocal throughout the entirety of his career, but he sounded even more confident than usual, speaking after his open workout ahead of Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas. According to the Irishman, the difference is speed between the two men.
He was undeniably less brutal than usual:
"I like Robbie. I won't say a bad word about Robbie. He fights with his heart. He's been around the game so, so long. But if we fought, I would beat Robbie. I'm too fast for him. The size difference is not anything. I've stood beside him. I've seen him."
"I respect (Lawler) as a champion, as a man who drifted off, came back, stayed on it and rose up and became the welterweight champion. We'll see how that goes. That is an appealing one for me, the welterweight. All the belts. We'll see."
I guess we'll see how things unfold. Obviously, McGregor has to get past Diaz first.
The two fight March 5th in Las Vegas on PPV.
What do you think?
Can Conor McGregor defeat Robbie Lawler in welterweight?