CONOR MCGREGOR has dropped out of the UFC top 5 lightweight rankings after another high-profile defeat.
The Notorious endured a devastating loss to Dustin Poirier on Saturday night to leave his career at a crossroads.
It was also McGregor's second loss in his last three fights after being dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.
And it means he has tumbled down the official rankings from fourth to sixth.
Despite his retirement announcement in October, undefeated Khabib tops the rankings after winning 29 consecutive fights.
Poirier's knockout against McGregor means he leapfrogs fellow American Justin Gaethje into second while Brazilian Charles Oliveira is fourth after his UFC 256 victory over Tony Ferguson.
Michael Chandler sits fifth following his TKO victory over Dan Hooker at UFC 257.
McGregor's defeat has all-but ruled out any money-spinning rematch with rival Nurmagomedov.
The Russian hinted he could be willing to step out of retirement if McGregor produced something special against Poirier.
McGregor is not willing to call it a day just yet and declared his intentions for a rematch with Poirier this year.
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Asked whether he’d fight again in 2021, he said: “Of course, I need activity, guys, come on. You don't get away with being inactive and that's the way it is.
“I'll take my licks. I'm gutted, John, to be honest. I'm gutted. I put so much work in.
“Well done, Dustin. We're one and one. Good man. It's a tough one to swallow.
“I put in a lot of work, I'm proud of my work. I would've liked to have represented my team a little bit better. But we'll get to go again and that's it.”
Although McGregor is likely to be out of action for six months after being medically suspended.
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