Robbie Lawler says he would have taken Conor McGregor’s soul if they fought

Conor McGregor may have gotten off lucky, only losing by submission to Nate Diaz, because with a win things could have been much, much worse.

This is according to UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who was rumored as McGregor’s next opponent if he would have beaten Diaz at UFC 196 in March.

UFC president Dana White said ahead of the fight that if McGregor won it would have been hard to deny him a shot at the welterweight title, which would have landed him directly in the path of Lawler.

"I wasn’t too worried about it. Obviously that was a big fight. He’s a big draw but it wouldn’t have been good for him," Lawler said about the McGregor fight when speaking to WSB-TV in Atlanta on Wednesday.

When asked to expand on why things wouldn’t have ended well for McGregor, Lawler said that if he hurt McGregor on the feet the same way Diaz did, he would have kept swinging until there was nothing left.

"Cause if I hurt him, I wasn’t taking his neck," Lawler said.

So what would he have taken?

"His soul," Lawler said without batting an eye at the question.

Lawler went on to say that he’s not as nice as Diaz and McGregor wouldn’t have been able to tap out at the end of the fight because he’d be unconscious.

"I’m a lot different than most people and he found a way out," Lawler said. "Diaz took his neck and was nice to him. I’m just telling it like it is and how I saw it."

Throughout Lawler’s icy answer, his opponent, Tyron Woodley, sat just a few feet away, listening as the champion predicted how he would have dismantled the Irishman if they met. Now Woodley will have to be the man to try to stop Lawler when they meet in the main event at UFC 201 in Atlanta on July 30.