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UFC Lightweight Rankings Completely Reshaped After UFC 257, Conor McGregor Dropped From Top Five

UFC Lightweight Rankings Completely Reshaped After UFC 257, Conor McGregor Dropped From Top Five

Conor McGregor has dropped out of the top five of the UFC lightweight rankings following his crushing defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

McGregor tumbles down to the No.6 ranking in the lightweight division while barely hanging on in the pound-for-pound list, dropping two places to No.15.

Poirier, on the other hand, climbs above Justin Gaethje to the No.1 ranking behind UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Charles Oliveira is ranked No.3 and Michael Chandler, who made an explosive Octagon debut at UFC 257, enters the rankings at No.4.

Tony Ferguson, who's on a two-fight losing skid, stays in the No.5 slot.

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Rafael dos Anjos, Dan Hooker, Paul Felder and Diego Ferreira are ranked seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

Al Iaquinta, Kevin Lee, Beneil Dariush, Islam Makhachev and Gregor Gillespie make up the top 15.

UFC Lightweight Rankings:

C. Khabib Nurmagomedov

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1. Dustin Poirier

2. Justin Gaethje

3. Charles Oliveira

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4. Michael Chandler

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6. Conor McGregor

7. Rafael dos Anjos

8. Dan Hooker

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9. Paul Felder

10. Diego Ferreira

11. Al Iaquinta

12. Kevin Lee

13. Beneil Dariush

14. Islam Makhachev

15. Gregor Gillespie

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Nurmagomedov is still down as the UFC lightweight champion, but that could change depending on whether he stays retired.

McGregor's coach John Kavanagh is hoping the vacant title will be on the line for a potential trilogy bout with Poirier.

"It's 1-1, they're right up there in the rankings, they're very popular fighters. I think the two of them are a beautiful matchup. Stylistically, it's beautiful to watch. I'd love to see lots and lots of rounds between the two of them," he told ESPN.

"Dustin is obviously riding high with confidence now with more experience and more weight. He took some of those shots. I'm sure his confidence is super high at the moment. We have to fix that technique with the leg and a couple of other things, as well, but Dustin vs. Conor 3 for the belt in maybe May, that would be amazing."

Featured Image Credit: Conor McGregor/Dustin Poirier

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Dustin Poirier, UFC News, Michael Chandler, Fight News, UFC 257, UFC

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Darren Till, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.