Former two division world champion McGregor is expected to be fired right back into a main event fight with a top contender when he returns next year, but he hasn’t won a fight at 155 since 2016
Conor McGregor’s position in the UFC’s lightweight top 10 has been called into question by one of his fellow fighters.
Rafael Fiziev is currently ranked at number 14 in the division after a four-fight win streak including a recent victory over Bobby Green, and has questioned how he is ranked behind former champion McGregor who hasn’t won at the weight since 2016.
McGregor was the first ever simultaneous two division world champion when he defeated Eddie Alvarez in November of 2016, but hasn’t won in the division since.
He did defeat Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January 2020 within seconds, but that win technically arrived in the welterweight division due to neither man wanting to cut weight.
And Fiziev has asked how McGregor remains in the top 10, despite losing twice to Dustin Poirier and once against Khabib Nurmagomedov since his last win in the division.
“Conor lost so many fights and still in the top 10,” Fiziev reportedly said in an interview with Vestnik MMA.
“When did he last win a fight at lightweight?”
Fiziev has previously called McGregor out for a fight, and is currently set to face number 12 Brad Riddell in December on the undercard of a fight between Rob Font and Jose Aldo.
Back in December of 2020, after ESPN MMA shared a video of Fiziev throwing a kick, McGregor commented offering a potential defence for the move.
And Fiziev implored him to “come and try it on me”, which got no reply from the legendary fighter.
“Guys if you find that they are pullers of the rear high kick, change it to an axe kick!” McGregor said in an Instagram comment. “Makes up the ground while coming down on top of them as they are leaned back.”
The Irishman is currently unable to fight anyone for the foreseeable future, after suffering a gruesome broken leg against Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight this July.
He was stepping back from a teep kick when he snapped his tibia, which saw the bout instantly called off and Poirier declared the winner of the series.
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The pair had fought twice prior, in 2014 and January of 2021, with each man holding a knockout win over the other going into their UFC 264 main event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor is currently rehabbing his injury, and will finally head back to Europe this month after a summer in the United States with fiancee Dee Devlin and his children Croia, Conor Jr and Rian.
He set up camp at the Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles with his family, and toured the country, taking in New York City, Chicago and Miami as he engaged in various activities that kept him in the headlines.
McGregor was presented with the key to city of Miami when he arrived in Florida, after having thrown the first pitch at a Cubs baseball game in Chicago.
He presented an award at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, and also got in a highly publicised spat with rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet.