Conor McGregor was scheduled to fight for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 196 on March 5, but the champion, Rafael dos Anjos, broke his foot and withdrew from the bout.

Rear-Naked Choke Radio host Jason Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) looked at the best options to save the event’s main attraction.

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Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez are a few of the rumored options. Kelly compared the front runners for “Red Panty Night,” and explained who he thinks it should be and why.

Kelly also talked about the UFC 196 co-main event, a women’s bantamweight championship bout between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate, and why the UFC can’t simply move them to the main event slot and scrap the McGregor bout.

Other options were discussed that do not include McGregor, but with time running out, the UFC is needs to act fast to repair a card that is only 10 days away.

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About The Author

Jason Kelly
Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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