McLean explained his stance to Full Contact Fighter:
"I don't think it matters in the long run regardless, but it seems a little silly, a little premature on their part. If he was refusing fights and healthy, well, then that's up to them. But that's not the case, they know the difference."
In a follow up comment, McLean says if inactivity is the sole reason for getting booted from the rankings, then how does it explain that Dominick Cruz -- a fighter who hasn't seen the inside of the Octagon in two years due to injury -- still holding a spot?
So too, is Cat Zingano, who is still the the current No. 1 contender to the women's bantamweight strap, despite sitting on the sidelines for nearly a year due to injury.
According to McLean, if you're going to start making new rules, then they have to apply to everyone.
"I would question the UFC's decision again as Dominick Cruz is still ranked at No. 9 and Cat Zingano at No. 1. I am sure there are others. In the long run I doubt it will make much difference, but that's not the point. For me sometimes things are a little bit more about principle. The principle of knocking him off the rankings. It's completely fine if they follow suit in everybody who hasn't fought in eleven months and two weeks, and whatever days, whatever it happens to be, if they're bumped from the rankings, but if not, then you know what's the reasoning behind it? If it's just due to inactivity, cool, then they're going to have to do that for everybody."