Conor McGregor has somehow managed to remain in the UFC pound-for-pound listing despite his knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
‘The Notorious’ was handed his first ever KO loss by Poirier in the second round of their rematch on Fight Island.
Despite starting brightly and winning the first round on all three of the judge’s scorecards, McGregor was undone by a series of brutal leg kicks to his right calf.
Immobilised, and against a rejuvenated Poirier, McGregor hit the canvas as a short, sharp right uppercut thudded into his nose to finish the fight.
Somehow, despite fighting just five times in six years, the Irishman remains in the top 15 pound-for-pound male athletes in the company.
McGregor dropped two places to 15th in the rankings, below Jan Blachowicz and Francis Ngannou, while Poirier remained 7th in the pound-for-pound list.
Current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov remains in the top spot, despite announcing his retirement after UFC 254 last year and showing no signs of returning.
Coach Javier Mendez, who helped Khabib reach 29-0, insisted the chances of seeing the Russian face McGregor in a rematch of their 2018 grudge match are now completely extinguished.
“[McGregor] would’ve got smashed. Khabib’s gotten better,” Mendez told Submission Radio. “He would’ve gotten smashed. He would have gotten smashed. Straight up.
“Khabib’s better. He’s better than he was when they fought two years ago. Conor didn’t appear to be better. He’s regressed a little bit. Khabib’s gotten way better. He would have gotten smashed.”
“You’re never going to get that rematch,” Mendez concluded. “Just like you’re never going to get the Tony and Khabib fight. That’s never going to happen either.
“It’s not going to happen. I mean, Khabib doesn’t need it.”