“That’s there. I mean, why not? That’s probably the leading option. 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 [Title]. All the belts. We’ll see.”
-After open workouts for UFC 196, Conor McGregor said a Welterweight Title fight with Robbie Lawler is at the top of his list for UFC 200 (via MMAFighting.com).
Penick’s Analysis: It will be quite interesting if McGregor gets a chance to fight for that title without having taken the lightweight belt first. There’s already never been a two-division champ simultaneously, and to have one with those belts more than a division apart complicates things. Now, the Lawler fight may be the best and most compelling option for UFC 200, so it could happen anyway, but it still would mean at the least an Interim Title would be necessary for featherweight to keep things moving along there for when he returns. The UFC could still book McGregor-dos Anjos down the line, but that fight’s become far less compelling for McGregor himself.
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