The estranged relationship between Conor McGregor and the new owners of the UFC continues with the former featherweight champion being removed entirely from the divisions official rankings.
With seven fights and seven wins in the division, including his 13 second knockout of current champ Jose Aldo, the UFC have now decided to exclude McGregor's name from the rankings altogether.
Although the title now belongs to #JoseAldo, Conor McGregor is yet to comment on whether or not he plans to return to the featherweight division. Even following his historic win at UFC 205 over #EddieAlvarez, the former two weight world champion still refused the idea that he'd never grace the 145lbs division again.
The actions of the UFC are made even more intriguing when we look at other fighters on the roster. Everyone's favorite cowboy, #DonaldCerrone, is ranked #5 in the welterweight division and #10 in the lightweight division despite having not fought in the latter since December of last year. Interestingly only a week after Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
However, this isn't the first time a fighter has been removed from the rankings of two weight divisions. #NateDiaz is ranked in the lightweight division but not the welterweight division, despite fighting at 170lbs twice this year. Another example is reigning 125lb champion 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson who when dropping to the flyweight division also dropped out of the bantamweight rankings.
Perhaps this is finally proof that 'The Notorious' one will never compete in the UFC featherweight division again. Recently, Conor McGregor was granted a boxing license in the state of California, a firm statement on his intentions to expand beyond the UFC. Although allegedly applying for one in the state of Nevada, the mecca of the boxing world, the state refused to grant him one due to his outstanding fine to the NSAC.
This application seems to be further proof for Conor McGregor's teammate James Gallagher that the Irish star has grew beyond the UFC. 'The Strabanimal' even claims that the promotion are attempting to hold McGregor back in his quest for a fight with Floyd Mayweather.
"I think the UFC are trying to hold him back or something, but it's too late, it's done. He's bigger than the whole game and that fight with Floyd and the boxing, that's the biggest sporting thing in history. Bigger than football and the lot. It will blow everything out of the water. It would be something historic, it's hard to put into words."
With endorsements being thrown at McGregor, and his global appeal seemingly rising everyday, the UFC may have a fight on their hands to keep their biggest star.
Conor McGregor is still listed as the current lightweight champion, as well as ranked second in the promotion's pound-for-pound list, just behind flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.