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Morning Report: Robbie Lawler thinks Conor McGregor shouldn't be mentioned with him, says he is 'a little different' than everybody else

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler explains his chilling statements about taking Conor McGregor's soul in a fight.

Esther Lin

Robbie Lawler might be the one guy in the UFC who doesn't want a "red panty night."

At the Go Big press conference ahead of Conor McGregor's scheduled fight with Jose Aldo last year, he famously declared that he was "the money fight at all weight divisions" in MMA and that signing to fight him was a "celebration" worth calling your wife to break out the "red panties." McGregor went on to knockout Aldo and since then, the sheer number of people wanting a chance to fight him or co-opting his style has proven his claims true.

After that, McGregor was scheduled to challenge the then lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196. As that fight neared rumors began to circulate that should McGregor win the lightweight title he would jump up to 170 and challenge Robbie Lawler for his welterweight championship. Obviously, the injury to dos Anjos and subsequent late-replacement-Nate-Diaz-choking-McGregor-out put the kibosh on that but the idea of Lawler-McGregor lingered on.

Then in early June, when Lawler and Tyron Woodley did an interview in Atlanta to promote their upcoming fight at UFC 201reporter Zach Klein asked Lawler is he was disappointed in losing out on the McGregor fight, prompting Lawler to respond, "It wouldn't have been good for him...Because if I hurt him I wasn't taking his neck. [I was taking] his soul." That soundbite rapidly circulated around the MMA community, showing Lawler being every bit as "Ruthless" as his fight moniker says he is.

Well on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, Daniel Cormier asked Lawler about the quote, why he responded that way, and if he was trying to be terrifying.

"Nah I was just - he asked me a question and I was like, 'why are you bringing this guy's name up?' It kind of irritated me so I just told him what I thought about the situation and his last fight and I don't think he should be mentioned with me because I'm not like everybody else. I'm a little different."

In today's UFC, which is becoming increasingly more about chasing the biggest money fight available, not caring about a fight with Conor McGregor is proof enough of that.

Robbie Lawler defends his UFC welterweight championship against Tyron Woodley tomorrow night at UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Nate gonna get a ton of play here for a month.

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LISTEN UP

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Invicta interviews galore.

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TWEETS

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Dwight Howard got them Superman muscles though.

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When I interviewed him he suggested that he had outgrown 125. It appears that is the case.

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And Ian wasn't too happy about it.

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DL trying to throw hands.

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Trying real hard.

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Gotta be the Khabib fight, right?

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Joanna bout to get that Anderson Silva money.

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Uncle Creepy still cutting weight.

Well at least @ciscoriveraufc and myself are still going to make weight.

A photo posted by Ian Mccall (@unclecreepymma) on 

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Fight!

Let's throw it way back Jan 24th 2013 Think it's time we dance @spiderandersonsilva #tbt

A photo posted by Luke Rockhold (@lukerockhold) on 

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The more you know.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Maryna Moroz (7-1-0) vs. Danelle Taylor (7-1-0);  UFC Fight Night 92, August 6.

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2001: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira made his Pride debut submitting Gary Goodridge with a triangle choke at Pride 15: Raging Rumble. That night Quinton Jackson also made his Pride debut, submitting to a rear-naked choke by Kazushi Sakuraba.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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It's fight weekend y'all and I thought I'd share one brief anecdote with you from yesterday's fighter interviews. While I was waiting to ask Ian McCall some questions, a very nice lady came up to him as part of a promotional thing and asked him to take a Snapchat of himself and then pick one of the filters to apply. She said that all of the other fighters had done it but if Ian didn't want to he could just take a video like Robbie, who was the only person to refuse the filter thing which I found perfect and beautiful and a brilliant encapsulation of Robert Glenn Lawler, our welterweight champion. Of course old Bob Law wouldn't do that. What an absolute treasure.

Anyway, lots of fights ahead of us this weekend. Don't forget about Invicta on Fight Pass tonight. Have a good weekend y'all.

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