Conor McGregor Gets New UFC Ranking, Nate Diaz Removed

Published 01/13/2021, 8:05 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor enters the Octagon before facing Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC has made some changes in the welterweight rankings recently. Conor McGregor has entered the top 15 of the 170 lbs division. His former opponent, Nate Diaz, on the other hand, has been scrapped.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

McGregor last fought at UFC 246 against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a welterweight contest where he finished Cerrone within 40 seconds. This was the Irishman’s third fight in the welterweight division overall. His previous two bouts were against Diaz at UFC a96 and UFC 202.

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McGregor holds a record of 2-1 in the welterweight division. Diaz though has fought many times in the past at the 170 lbs division. But his activity has been very less.

Diaz was inactive for three years after his UFC 202 loss to McGregor. He returned at UFC 241 and won against Anthony Pettis. Then he lost against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States (top) fights against Jorge Masvidal of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

He hasn’t competed since and has been out of the Octagon. The possibility of him returning to action anytime soon remains a distant one.

McGregor returns on January 23 against Dustin Poirier in the lightweight division.

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 3 has to happen down the line

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McGregor and Diaz have shared the Octagon twice for two epic battles. In the first, Diaz choked out McGregor at UFC 196. In their next matchup, McGregor won a decision in a 5-round classic in UFC 202. The build-up and the fights have been nothing short of brilliant for the fans.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor (L) hits Nate Diaz with a left during their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Fans want to see those two stand across the Octagon yet again. But motivated McGregor is now focused on title aspirations at lightweight, and Diaz is out of action for an indefinite amount of time. So, we have to wait for the trilogy fight to materialize.

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What do you make of the recent changes in the UFC rankings? Do you want to see McGregor vs Diaz 3? Let us know below.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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