McGregor, the previous UFC two-division champion, sits at No. three within the light-weight division, with former interim champ Poirier No. 2. McGregor’s subject with the UFC rankings is two-fold: First is the truth that McGregor owns a victory over Poirier. Secondly, McGregor carried out higher in opposition to widespread opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“How is the pea forward of me in rankings?” McGregor mentioned in a since-deleted tweet Thursday. “I sparked him in 90 seconds. Went additional in opposition to most up-to-date foe, plus took a spherical. After two 12 months layoff partying and or in jail/courtroom.”
McGregor’s “the pea” reference is a reference to when he known as Poirier “pea head” within the build-up to their featherweight struggle on Sept. 27, 2014 at UFC 178. McGregor dominated Poirier that evening, ending him in 1:46 of the primary spherical.
Each McGregor and Poirier have gone on to have profitable UFC careers since then, with McGregor turning into the UFC’s first simultaneous champ-champ November 2016 and Poirier claiming interim gold in April 2019.
McGregor’s conflict with present champion Nurmagomedov in October 2018 at UFC 229 was his first MMA struggle in almost two years. McGregor was submitted within the fourth spherical by rear-naked choke. Poirier bought his shot in opposition to Nurmagomedov in a title unifier but in addition succumbed to a rear-naked choke within the third spherical at UFC 242.
Poirier has known as for a rematch with McGregor on a number of events however has failed in his bid to safe one. He no less than has his consideration now.