Conor McGregor is in danger of losing his UFC lightweight ranking after the promotion released its latest ranking update.
The lowest-ranked fighter in every division is No.15. After the latest update, 'The Notorious' is now ranked at No.14. The Irishman was previously ranked No.13 but dropped a place after the latest UFC PPV event.
UFC 281 saw a number of lightweight fighters take the stage to further their ranks and challenge for the title. Among these fighters, Dan Hooker managed to improve his rank, going from No.12 to No.11. This meant that everyone else below him went down by one rank.
Former lightweight champion Conor McGregor is on the verge of getting out of the rankings altogether.
Take a look at the fight that made him the first double-champion in UFC history:
'The Notorious' has not fought in more than a year, with his last fight coming against Dustin Poirier in July 2021 at UFC 264. McGregor lost the fight via doctor stoppage when he broke his leg a few minutes into the first round.
Since then, he has been recovering and bulking up, waiting to return to the octagon. He has promised fans that he will make a comeback.
Ever since losing his lightweight title to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, he has fought three times- TKO'ing Donald Cerrone in 2020 and losing his two subsequent matches to Poirier via KO/TKO in 2021.
Paulo Costa reveals he has called out Conor McGregor to a fight three times and got declined
Paulo Costa, arguably one of the most controversial fighters in the UFC, has revealed that he has asked for a fight against Conor McGregor multiple times.
In a since-deleted tweet, the Irishman confirmed earlier this year on Twitter that he would make his return to the UFC as a welterweight. The Brazilian claimed he was looking to fight 'The Notorious' on his return:
"Just to let you all know, I called Conor McGregor out to fight three times, and UFC agreed. But he said he was sick for the first [time], and now he said he will be out to enjoy Christmas with family."
'The Notorious' has not yet responded to the Brazilian's claims.
Take a look at the tweet: