Conor McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz this weekend at UFC 196. But the UFC featherweight champion already has big plans after his UFC 196 fight.
His next target is UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
McGregor has already expressed his interest to pursue multiple titles in different weight classes. After defeating Jose Aldo at UFC 194, he immediately announced to move up divisions. Rafael dos Anjos was his best shot at taking the lightweight belt. But after Dos Anjos withdrew from the fight, Diaz was brought in at the last minute.
McGregor now wants a welterweight title fight.
“That’s there. I mean why not? That’s probably the leading option,” McGregor told FOX Sports. “Dos Anjos is an absolute bum, I swear to God and he’s still complaining. How do you pull out of a fight with a bruised foot and still talking all this (expletive) and his team’s talking all this (expletive). Man up and fight. Come on. I don’t even know what to say to this guy.”
Unlike his other opponents, McGregor has nothing but respect for Robbie Lawler. The Irishman might have negative comments to say about his other opponents but not for the two-time defending welterweight champion.
“I like Robbie. I won’t say a bad word about Robbie. He fights with his heart,” McGregor said.
Conor however, feels that he could beat Lawler because he is “too fast”.
“I do like Robbie. I respect him as a champion, as a man that drifted off, came back, stayed on it and rose up as the welterweight champion. We’ll see how that goes. That is appealing to me. We’ll see,” he added.
Not the one to stop at welterweight or lightweight, McGregor said that he might even go to 185.
“As I keep growing and keep eating and keep training, my body could change as I get older. I could become that solid block at 170 and if I’m that block at 170, I’m happy to go to 185,” he said.