New Updated UFC Rankings After UFC 264: Conor McGregor Drops Down to No 7

Published 07/13/2021, 2:44 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Ever since Conor McGregor lost his UFC 264 fight against Dustin Poirier. People from all around the world have been speculating as to what next for McGregor. This loss was McGregor’s 3rd in his last 4 fights and many believe that this could mean retirement for McGregor.

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Add to that the fact that McGregor also suffered a gruesome leg injury during the fight. The injury will keep him away from the action for some time and many believe this is the end of ‘Notorious.’ McGregor himself, however, does not believe that as he has instantly called out Poirier for a 4th fight.

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However, a 4th fight seems unlikely for now, as Poirier will challenge for the title next. As for McGregor, he has now got a medical suspension till January 2022. Therefore, it seems highly unlikely that a fight between the two fighters will happen again anytime soon.

The loss against Poirier cost McGregor a lot as he has gone down by 2 in the UFC lightweight rankings. The former two-divisional UFC champion is now ranked No.7 in the UFC rankings. ‘Notorious’ has not been so down in the UFC rankings for a long time and that would really hurt the fighter.

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McGregor’s drop in rankings will also affect his chance of making a comeback against a top-rated fighter. Therefore, one must just wait and see what the future holds for the UFC’s ‘Irish King.’

Can Conor McGregor challenge for the UFC title one more time?

Many believed that McGregor’s fight against Poirier at UFC 264 was his best chance of getting a title opportunity. The UFC lightweight division is probably the toughest UFC division, full of a plethora of talented fighters. Therefore, many believe that it will be difficult for McGregor to get a title shot anytime soon.

Many fans also believe that ‘Notorious’ himself does not have the drive left in him to fight at the top level. People believe that as McGregor has achieved everything there is in MMA, he is not motivated enough to win. However, if there is one thing we know, McGregor has the ability to surprise anyone, and we might yet see ‘Notorious’ back at his best in the UFC.

What do you think, will McGregor challenge for the title one more time? Let us know in the comments below.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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