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Conor McGregor has climbed one place in the latest UFC pound-for-pound rankings despite having not fought in 2019.
The 31-year-old Irishman hasn't fought since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018. But he's set to return to the famed Octagon next year when he faces Donald Cerrone on January 18.
And ahead of his highly-anticipated UFC comeback, the promotion have moved him one spot in the pound-for-pound rankings to No.13, even though he hasn't won a UFC fight since November 2016.
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, meanwhile, remains the pound-for-pound king ahead of UFC lightweight title holder Nurmagomedov, who believes the American deserves to be No.1.
Henry Cejudo, Stipe Miocic and Amanda Nunes are placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
UFC Pound-For-Pound Rankings:
1. Jon Jones
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Henry Cejudo
4. Stipe Miocic
5. Amanda Nunes
6. Daniel Cormier
7. Israel Adesanya
8. Kamaru Usman
9. Alexander Volkanovski
10. Tony Ferguson
11. Valentina Shevchenko
12. Max Holloway
13. Conor McGregor +1
14. Tyron Woodley *NR
15. Dustin Poirier
McGregor could get another crack at Nurmagomedov if he defeats Cerrone and UFC president Dana White believes he must beat 'Cowboy' to get his career back on track.
"He has been training hard, he has been getting ready for this moment," White said on the Stephen A. Smith show.
"The problem is, Stephen A. you've seen this, not just in fighting but in other sports, when a guy has 100 and something million dollars, he's young, he's famous and now he is unbelievably rich, it is hard to keep the train on the tracks for some guys. That has definitely been Conor McGregor.
"I think he is at a point now where he realizes he needs to get his act together. This win over 'Cowboy' Cerrone if he can pull it off is crucial in his career right now and his future. So, he is taking it very serious, he wants to stay active. That is why this fight is at 170 and hopefully we will get three good fights from him this year."
The welterweight bout between McGregor and Cerrone headlines UFC 246.
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