Conor McGregor out of SunSport's UFC P4P top ten rankings after Poirier loss as Jon Jones and Adesanya fight for No1

Conor McGregor out of SunSport's UFC P4P top ten rankings after Poirier loss as Jon Jones and Adesanya fight for No1

January 27, 2021

CONOR MCGREGOR has dropped out of SunSport's pound-for-pound rankings following his stunning defeat to Dustin Poirier.

The UFC's first simultaneous two-division champion suffered a devastating second-round TKO loss to his old featherweight rival last weekend in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.

Defeat to fan favourite Poirier has ended the Irishman's hopes of a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov and left his ambitions of a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao in tatters.

The stoppage loss – the first of his professional mixed martial arts career – has seen McGregor drop to 15th place in the UFC's official pound-for-pound rankings.

And there's no room for the Dubliner in the top ten of SunSport's P4P list, which you can check out below.

10: Dustin Poirier

Fresh off his stunning victory over McGregor, the pride of Lafayette, Louisiana enters our pound-for-pound list at No.10.

Victory over The Notorious – which saw him level his series with the the UFC's poster boy – was Poirier's fifth over former world champions and has cemented his status as the best active lightweight on the planet.


9: Max Holloway

'Blessed' put on an absolute clinic in his UFC on ABC 1 victory over Calvin Kattar earlier this month, with the Hawaiian dominating the contest for five straight rounds and leaving his opponent a bloody mess.

Although Holloway has two defeats to Poirier on his record, it's hard to rank him lower than The Diamond considering his long reign as featherweight champion.

8: Jan Blachowicz

The newly-crowned light-heavyweight champion sits at No.8 following his demolition of Dominick Reyes at UFC 253.

That stunning victory capped off a remarkable turnaround for the Pole, who has won eight of his last nine since suffering back-to-back losses to Alexander Gustafsson and Patrick Cummings.

7: Valentina Shevchenko

The queen of the women's flyweight division has looked unbeatable since losing her September 2017rematch with Amanda Nunes, rattling off six dominant wins in a row.

The Kyrgyzstani has defended the 125lb belt four times during that run, the most recent defence being her impressive unanimous decision victory over Brazil's Jennifer Maia.

6: Alexander Volkanovski

The man who ended the Blessed era in the 145lb division sits at No.6 in our rankings.

Back-to-back wins over Holloway have extended Alexander Volkanovski's win streak to staggering 19 consecutive victories.

The Aussie will face a tough test to make it 20 wins on the bounce, though, as he'll face a resurgent Brian Ortega at UFC 260 in late March.

5: Stipe Miocic

The baddest man on the planet only comes in at No.5 on our list, a placing he's received due to inactivity.

However, a second win over the rejuvenated and heavy-handed Francis Ngannou in the main event UFC 260 will see his name rise up the rankings.

4: Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman has been terrorising the welterweight division for the best part of six years, a period in which he's racked up 11 consecutive wins.

The Nigerian Nightmare will next be in action on February 13, defending his title against his former Sanford MMA team-mate Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 258.

3: Amanda Nunes

The greatest female mixed martial artist of all time comes in at No.3.

Since March 2015, Nunes has laid waste to all those before her – and done so in two weight classes.

Barring her UFC 245 clash with Germaine de Randamie, The Lioness has beaten all of her recent opponents with ease.

And there doesn't seem to be a woman on the planet capable of ending her dominance.

2: Israel Adesanya

The fastest rising star in the UFC is thoroughly deserving of his No.2 spot in our rankings.

A little less than three years after making his UFC debut, Israel Adesanya has cleaned out the middleweight division. And he's done so emphatically.

Pound-for-pound king status will be within touching distance for the Nigerian-born Kiwi if he gets the better of Blachowicz at UFC 259 and becomes a two-division champion.

1: Jon Jones

In the absence of Khabib Nurmagomedov – who retired after beating Justin Gaethje in October – the honour of being SunSport's pound-for-pound king goes to Jon Jones.

The former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion is one of the most dominant forces we've ever seen in the sport.

Although he's slowed down somewhat and is nowhere near as dynamic as he once was, his body of work must not be forgotten.

His hall-of-fame resume could soon boast some big names in the UFC's heavyweight division as he's finally preparing to make his long-awaited debut in the weight class, which many believe he should've entered years ago.

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