During an interview on WSB-TV Atlanta, the Welterweight champion did his best serial killer impression when addressing Conor McGregor.
When Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out of his UFC 196 bout with Conor McGregor, many potential opponents were bandied about before Nate Diaz got the nod. While Robbie Lawler was very low on that list, talk of a clash between the two gained traction, with ‘The Notorious’ claiming that he would handle the challenge presented by ‘Ruthless’ Robbie.
The likes of Brendan Schaub even backed McGregor to ‘fuck up’ Lawler if the two ever fought.
Of course, Diaz dispatched the Irishman in the second round with a devastating rear-naked choke.
According to Lawler though, Nate Diaz was actually being ‘nice’, and if it were him instead in the Octagon, things wouldn’t have gone naearly as well for Conor. The text of his comments don’t do the menace behind his words justice.
His deadpan response to what he would’ve done to McGregor has us sleeping with the light on.
“I wasn’t too worried about it,” Lawler said.
“Obviously, that was a big fight. He’s a big draw, but it wouldn’t have been good for him. Because if I hurt him, I wasn’t taking his neck.”
“What were you going to take?” asked Zach Klein of WSB.
“I’m a lot different than most people. He found a way out and Diaz took his neck and was nice to him.”
In the co-main event of UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor, Lawler fought Rory McDonald, as two of the sport’s quiet gentleman competed for the former’s welterweight belt. Lawler’s respectful nature makes his above promise all the more disturbing, but his dark-side is frequently seen when the cage door closes.
What ensued at UFC 189 was one of the greatest wars in the short but sweet history of MMA.
With McGregor now set for a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August, a mammoth clash with Lawler will have to wait. On Lawler’s end, a title defence against American Top Team partner Tyron Woodley awaits at UFC 201 on July 30.
Better you than us, Tyron.