Conor McGregor Removed from Official UFC Rankings After More Than 8 Years

‘The Notorious’ is no longer in the official lightweight rankings

Conor McGregor
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Conor McGregor dropped out of the official UFC lightweight rankings.

The former UFC two-division champion is widely regarded as the most influential mixed martial artist of all time. His rise to stardom was unlike anyone else as he became one of the first true global superstars of the sport.

Nearly a decade on since breaking through in the UFC ranks, McGregor is no longer a ranked contender.

Conor McGregor removed from the official UFC rankings

Conor McGregor was the 14th-ranked contender in the 155-pound division until the latest update, which saw him drop out of the top 15. He earned his first rank as a featherweight competitor when he defeated former champion, Max Holloway, at UFC Fight Night 26 in Aug. 2013. The win earned him the 12th spot but he would not stay there for long.

‘The Notorious’ worked his way up to get the 145-pound gold. He brutally knocked out legendary MMA fighter Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to set the fastest knockout in the history of UFC title fights.

McGregor was a ranked lightweight contender for over six years

McGregor went on to face former lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, in Nov. 2016 at UFC 205. He put in a sensational performance and dominated Alvarez en route to a TKO finish to become the first fighter to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously.

McGregor only took to the octagon four times in the last six years after winning the belt. He dropped a bout to former lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov and two to rival Dustin Poirier, with a sole win coming over Donald Cerrone in Jan. 2020.

Company president Dana White confirmed Conor McGregor was out of the USADA drug testing pool and would need to remain in it for at least six months before making his comeback. McGregor is targeting a return sometime in the second half of 2023.

Published on December 14, 2022 at 6:14 pm
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