Conor McGregor has by some means managed to stay within the UFC pound-for-pound itemizing regardless of his knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
‘The Infamous’ was handed his first ever KO loss by Poirier within the second spherical of their rematch on Combat Island.
Regardless of beginning brightly and successful the primary spherical on all three of the choose’s scorecards, McGregor was undone by a sequence of brutal leg kicks to his proper calf.
Immobilised, and towards a rejuvenated Poirier, McGregor hit the canvas as a brief, sharp proper uppercut thudded into his nostril to complete the combat.
Someway, regardless of preventing simply 5 occasions in six years, the Irishman stays within the high 15 pound-for-pound male athletes within the firm.
McGregor dropped two locations to 15th within the rankings, beneath Jan Blachowicz and Francis Ngannou, whereas Poirier remained seventh within the pound-for-pound checklist.
Present light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov stays within the high spot, regardless of asserting his retirement after UFC 254 final 12 months and displaying no indicators of returning.
Coach Javier Mendez, who helped Khabib attain 29-0, insisted the probabilities of seeing the Russian face McGregor in a rematch of their 2018 grudge match are actually utterly extinguished.
“[McGregor] would’ve obtained smashed. Khabib’s gotten higher,” Mendez instructed Submission Radio. “He would’ve gotten smashed. He would have gotten smashed. Straight up.
“Khabib’s higher. He’s higher than he was once they fought two years in the past. Conor didn’t look like higher. He’s regressed somewhat bit. Khabib’s gotten method higher. He would have gotten smashed.”
“You’re by no means going to get that rematch,” Mendez concluded. “Similar to you’re by no means going to get the Tony and Khabib combat. That’s by no means going to occur both.
“It’s not going to occur. I imply, Khabib doesn’t want it.”