Irish boxer Conor McGregor is down to 7th in the UFC lightweight after being sentenced to lose a match against his predestined opponent Dustin Poirier on July 10.

McGregor goes into the match against Poirier with the opportunity to fight for the lightweight championship with defending champion Charles Oliveira, if he wins. But the confrontation at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas ended quickly when McGregor flipped his ankle at the end of the first half and could not continue to play.

McGregor fell and broke his leg while fighting

This defeat caused the Irish boxer to be surpassed by Tony Ferguson and Rafael Dos Anjos. McGregor is now the seventh contender for the lightweight title fight with Oliveira, after Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, Ferguson and Dos Anjos. This is also the first time McGregor has broken into the Top 5 since moving to UFC lightweight in late 2016.

McGregor, who just turned 34 on July 14, has just won a UFC lightweight fight, when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez technically in the year-end UFC 205 event to win the lightweight championship, while owning the title. feather class. A year earlier, McGregor had won the featherweight title from Jose Aldo at UFC 194.

Victory over Alvarez makes McGregor the first person to hold two UFC championship belts at the same time. Before McGregor, the UFC village had two different UFC weight classes, but not at the same time.

But then, McGregor lost three matches in a row, respectively at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Poirier (twice). The boxer nicknamed “The Notorious” defeated Poirier in featherweight in 2014, but was knocked out by technical knockout in the lightweight rematch in January 2021.

McGregor can still fight Poirier once he recovers.  Photo: UFC

McGregor can still fight Poirier once he recovers. Image: UFC

On July 11, McGregor underwent a successful three-hour tibia and fibula surgery. Soon after, he attacked Poirier for his loss at UFC 264. “Dustin, you can celebrate that illegal win, but you can’t do anything. Second half, if anything, must have proved it all,” McGregor shared on social media.

Meanwhile, Poirier appeared calm, and even sent his best wishes to McGregor. The 32-year-old American boxer said: “McGregor makes crazy statements about killing me or something like that. But I don’t want to hurt anyone. Every night I go to bed and pray for him to come back. about family safety. That’s what I mean.”

UFC President Dana White left open that McGregor and Poirier will fight a fourth fight. “The fight isn’t over yet. The fight can’t be stopped that way. We’ll continue to monitor the situation. No one knows how long McGregor will be out of action, and Poirier will have to wait until McGregor is ready. ready,” White shared after the UFC 264 event.

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