Conor McGregor handed fresh UFC blow after knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor has dropped two places in the UFC lightweight rankings after his second round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

Poirier hasleapfrogged Justin Gaethje to the number one spot in the rankings, while McGregor has dropped to number six and fallen below Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler.

Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the lightweight champion, despite announcing his retirement from the sport after his submission win over Gaethje back in October at UFC 254.

McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh has revealed the Irishman is targeting a trilogy bout with Poirier in May with the lightweight title on the line if Khabib does not come out of retirement

Speaking to ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani, Kavanagh said: "He’s already looking for the next date which we hope to get sooner rather than later.

“He was pressing for a busy 2020 and nothing’s changed. He wants a busy 2021 so I hope we can get the rematch (vs. Poirier). That would be the ideal!

“If it’s not that then I’m not sure what it would be – whether it’s a different MMA fight or a boxing fight – I’m not too sure of that.

"He’s already harassing everybody to get the rematch. We would love the rematch. I don’t think Dustin is against that. If we could get the rematch before the summer, that would be amazing. If it’s not to be then I guess I don’t really know.

"Maybe he drifts off into the boxing side so if the MMA community can help me out and get behind me and pester the UFC to give him another fight sooner rather than later so I don’t lose him for six months to boxing, I’d appreciate that.

"We’re 1-1 with Poirier and we gave him the rematch after the first win and I hope he returns the sentiment."

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