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.
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Tony Ferguson, who's on a two-fight losing skid, stays in the No.5 slot.
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
1. Dustin Poirier
2. Justin Gaethje
3. Charles Oliveira
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4. Michael Chandler
5. Tony Ferguson
6. Conor McGregor
7. Rafael dos Anjos
8. Dan Hooker
9. Paul Felder
10. Diego Ferreira
11. Al Iaquinta
12. Kevin Lee
13. Beneil Dariush
14. Islam Makhachev
15. Gregor Gillespie
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
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