The UFC Positions have transferred in the lightweight & welterweight divisions in addition to the pound-for-pound ranks. The fact that McGregor remained in the rankings despite being away from the UFC for several extended periods had some divided. However, it seems more controversy is brewing after the new rankings were released.
As most of us understand, McGregor managed to conquer Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via TKO within 40 seconds last weekend, and the win and new ranking have been one quite profitable for McGregor, far more so than any thought possible. The new rankings have seen McGregor jump two positions moving from thirteenth to eleventh in the lightweight division, and in the process, moving past Max Halloway and Valentina Shevchenko and that only leaves Tony Ferguson as a non-champion above the Irishman, who is currently ranked tenth.
Despite not having won a single fight since UFC 205 when Cerrone defeated Eddie Alvarez, he managed to jump to the number three position above Justin Gaethje, who dropped to fourth. Considering the two have been linked together over the last few months, that is significant. In the welterweight ranking, McGregor sits in fourteenth ahead of Neil Magny. By joining the ranks of the welterweight division, McGregor pushed out Li Jingliang. This will see a lot of speculation with UFC fans, and it is expected many will criticize the way the rankings system works within the organization, but it also will show that with McGregor, the UFC is alive and well.
Under a year later being fined $50,000 as a result of actions by the Irishman after the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dana White handed over $3 million to McGregor for his win over Cerrone, a fight many are calling one of his best to date. The amount that was paid paled in comparison to the amount the pay-per-view event generated, which is estimated at $80 million. McGregor posted a picture of him with White that showed the two sharing a laugh after White gave him a $50,000 bonus after his win in Vegas last weekend. Who McGregor’s next opponent will be has yet to be announced, but suffice to say, interest will be high.