Conor McGregor suffers another UFC rankings blow after rival’s latest win

Conor McGregor has dropped two places in the UFC lightweight rankings following Islam Makhachev's win this past weekend.

Makhachev picked up his eighth consecutive win at 155-pounds when he defeated Thiago Moises in the main event of UFC Vegas 31.

The newly updated UFC rankings show that McGregor, who dropped two places from fifth to seventh after his UFC 264 loss to Dustin Poirier, has now found himself ranked ninth at lightweight.

Makhachev jumped up four spots thanks to his recent win, breaking into the top five of the competitive lightweight division.

The Russian, who is a longtime friend and training partner of the retired UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov, made it clear he feels the top contenders in his division are avoiding a fight with him.

"Radio silence. Rafael Dos Anjos, Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler. I bet they all waiting for smashed McGregor return now," Makhachev wrote on Twitter.

Makhachev's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, later revealed the Russian said competing against McGregor would be his "dream fight". Furthermore, it would "finish all of the leftover business between the two teams".

The business Makhachev is referring to is McGregor's term rivalry with Nurmagomedov. McGregor has pressed long and hard for a rematch following his 2018 loss to the Russian, but with Nurmagomedov now retired it seems unlikely to materialise.

With McGregor set to be out for a year to recover from his injury, there's no chance of him progressing up the lightweight ladder anytime soon.

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Nurmagomedov thinks that even when the former two-weight champion does make his eventual return, he will not be a fraction of the fighter he was in the past.

"With broken legs, he's never going to kick the same. With him, no, I don't believe [he'll return to the top]," Nurmagomedov told ESPN.

"Conor [is a] good age, but what happened with his mind, legs, this guy is finished. But he's good for promotion.

"If he want to come back, make him fight one more time with Dustin Poirier and finish this guy. I think [that's] what UFC going to do with him or maybe make his fight versus Nate [Diaz]. But both of them, I think he's going to lose."

Makhachev isn't the only fighter to call-out McGregor of late. Jeremy Stephens, who clashed with McGregor at the UFC 205 press conference five years ago, thinks the "true fight" to make is a bout with the Irishman.

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