Conor McGregor vaults up The Times’ top 10 MMA power rankings – Los Angeles Times

Conor McGregor?s laser-focused ability to win a fight 25 pounds above his normal weight class moves him closer to the top of The Times? MMA power rankings.

The Irishman?s welterweight triumph two weeks ago over Nate Diaz avenged his March loss. The rematch was a classic, five-round battle won by McGregor?s drive for revenge.?

By embracing a challenge outside his comfort zone and backing up the talk before the fight, McGregor also belittled those who cherry-pick easy opponents.

Success in the octagon trumps all other categories in The Times? rankings, but there has to be interest connected to the fighter, too. Points gained by the universal skill set of flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, for instance, are lost ?because?few spectators are drawn to his fights.

Conor McGregor vaults up The Times’ top 10 MMA power rankings – Los Angeles Times

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