clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Robbie Lawler not too interested in fighting Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor winner

LOS ANGELES -- If UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler fought the winner of the Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor rematch, he'd likely be in for the biggest payday of his life.

Yet the UFC welterweight champion doesn't seem to have much interest in taking on the winner of the UFC 202 main event.

Sure, the duo are fighting each other for the second time at welterweight, but Diaz is a natural lightweight and McGregor is the featherweight champion.

"Nate's not one of the guys that I'm looking to fight," said Lawler, who defends his title against Tyron Woodley at UFC 201. "He's, he did something amazing in March and I was cheering him on. He's a 55er. Everyone knows that. That's where he wants to be."

McGregor, for his part, openly talked about fighting Lawler for the welterweight title before Diaz finished him in the second round of their UFC 196 contest. But Lawler's not the type of fighter to get too wrapped up in other fighters' callouts.

"I'm not sure if anybody can shut Conor up," Lawler said. "I'm not concentrating too much on that. He's gotta get through Nate obviously, you know?"

Lawler acknowledges that fighting McGregor would make him rich, but at the end of the day, that's just not his biggest motivation.

"Conor is obviously a big payday, but winning fires me up," Lawler said. "Trying to get over guys and knock them out, that's what fires me up. Decision victories, whoop dee doo, but finishing guys fires me up."

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Fighting Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Fighting