Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor is the current UFC lightweight champions Reuters

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has taken a swipe at Conor McGregor by claiming the lightweight champion would prefer suffering a defeat at the hands of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather than fight other stars in the promotion.

The Dubliner, who won his last fight after defeating Eddie Alavrez at UFC 205 is currently on a break until the birth of his first child and is not scheduled for a bout in the UFC. He is expected to fight Mayweather inside the ropes and the retired American boxer is willing to come out of retirement to face McGregor in a boxing fight.

Woodley defended his welterweight title after winning the fight against Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision at UFC 209 on 4 March. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are the two lightweight contenders to face McGregor and "the Chosen One" says Irishman is scared to face the trio inside an octagon.

"We know Conor don't want it, Conor ain't nothing. Conor is now in a position where he would have had to fight somebody real," Woodley told TMZ Sports.

"He would have had to fight me, Tony Ferguson, or Khabib (Nurmagomedov), and he knows we're not good matchups for him. I'm not going to fall into his antics, talking crap, it's not going to bother us, and he knew he had to make a choice.

"So his best option was to take the Floyd fight. Take the help, take the wind with 70 million, and remain a legend in MMA."

"Any of those three. And guess what, none of those three want to fight me. Bisping can say what he wants...'Aww man, if you're the best in the world, I'm gonna'...it ain't the same. Styles make fights. Bisping gonna come out.

"Actually, I think Bisping would get knocked out by Wonderboy. Because Bisping don't...granted, he's very consistent, he comes out hard. When have you seen Bisping fight a stalemate or a bad fight? He's never.

"That's why he's lost some fights, and that's also why he's won some fights. He would try to come out and fight Wonderboy, rushing him, and he would probably get kicked and knocked out. He would come out and try to fight me like that, and I punch harder than him and I'm the lighter guy."