When it comes to the pound-for-pound rankings in the UFC, Henry Cejudo does not consider Dustin Poirier to be worthy of inclusion.
Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC), a former UFC interim lightweight champion, is now rated eighth. He had previously defeated former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor twice through knockout before losing the championship to Charles Oliveira via submission at UFC 269 in December 2021.
Poirier has only lost twice in his last 11 fights, both coming in title bouts against Oliveira and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite Poirier’s impressive record, Cejudo doesn’t think he should be ranked in the pound-for-pound categories because he was knocked out in each of those fights.
“Chandler doesn’t have a gold. Neither does Poirier,” Cejudo said.
“I don’t know why Poirier is pound-for-pound. I really don’t. If I was a champion and I had a belt, with all due respect to Poirier, there is no way you can put guys that have been knocked out and submitted and all that on the pound-for-pound list.”
On November 12 at UFC 281, Poirier will battle Michael Chandler in an attempt to get back on track with a victory.