“Let’s Do It With Connor as Well” – Gilbert Burns Urges the UFC to Remove Conor McGregor From Lightweight Division

Published 06/23/2020, 12:29 AM EDT


The UFC rankings get updated and altered regularly following PPVs and Fight Nights. However, eagle-eyed fans will notice one name at 4th in the Lightweight fighters rankings and 8th in the pound for pound rankings. It is that of former Champion Conor McGregor, who recently called time on his career. One fighter who remains peeved at ‘Notorious’ presence in the rankings despite his apparent retirement is Gilbert Burns.

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Gilbert Burns questions the UFC still retaining Conor McGregor in the rankings

The top-ranked Welterweight contender took to Twitter and highlighted the swiftness with which the company stripped Henry Cejudo of his title and the rankings. He opined that the UFC should do the same with Conor McGregor.

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‘Durinho’ wrote, “Cejudo retired they took him out of the rankings very quickly let’s do it with Connor as well!”

‘The Messenger’ called time on his career at UFC 249. He left as the Bantamweight Champion and 3rd ranked pound for pound fighter. At present, he isn’t a ranked fighter on the UFC website. 

Perhaps the UFC is not dismissing their biggest draw from the rankings, as he has a track record of returning. Following his first retirement in April 2016, ‘Notorious’ made history by becoming the first fighter to hold 2 belts simultaneously. Following his 2nd retirement, he returned and vowed to fight three times a year.

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Moreover, McGregor attributes the retirement to being tired of waiting around. This leaves the door open to a return should something interesting come up. Though there will be people in place to prevent ‘Notorious’ from directly slotting into a title fight. 

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Based on how the UFC treated ‘Triple C’s retirement, Burns has a point in urging McGregor to be expunged from the rankings. Do you agree with the Brazilian Welterweight fighter?

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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