bmoney - First off, Conor's biggest advantage at 145 is his height and reach.
Lawler's two inches taller, and they have the same reach.
Plus, Lawler's probably around 20 lbs heavier than Conor, and has more power.
Lawler wins by tko.
You clearly don't know fighting. Connors biggest advantage is his mind and his skill. Its Connor's IQ and skill that win him fights. Not only would that be a huge advantage for him going up in weight, he would also gain significant speed advantages against the bigger slower opponents. Plus not to mention, not cutting weight means he would come in way stronger/healthier/faster then we have ever seem before. People will be suprised. Conor legit has the skills to win belts in 3 divisions...and as an MMA fan I hope Conor can do it so I can say I witness history
So if two guys are equally skilled, physical attributes, such as size, would be the biggest advantage.
Thanks for taking a direct shot at me, but McGregor's overall MMA skills are no better than Edgar, Mendes, Aldo, etc.. But one clear advantage he has over pretty much everyone at 145 is his reach and size.
Yea, he might be more skilled at striking than other guys in his division, but he's also not as skilled at wrestling or BJJ. So...one advantage he has to possibly keep the fight where he wants is due to his size, hence, what I said.
So, to my earlier point, his size won't be as an effective asset for him against higher weight classes. Even if he's slightly more skilled than Lawler, Lawler's size/power will negate that.