In North America we’re familiar with the Conor McGregor hype train and peoples’ thoughts since it derailed, but what’s the vibe in Ireland?

Sean Sheehan of Irish-based and the SevereMMA Podcast joined Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) to answers questions about his fellow Irishman McGregor and what UFC 196 did for the country’s MMA scene.

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Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) and Andrew McGhanon host Severe MMA Podcast. They’re on the front lines of covering MMA in The Emerald Isle, and Sheehan gave a fantastic firsthand perspective of the stumble of Ireland’s most popular UFC fighter.

Sheehan speculated about McGregor’s ability to still sell out Croke Park, dished on who the UFC featherweight champion would likely fight next, talked about how the perception of “Mystic Mac” changed since McGregor lost to Nate Diaz, and chronicled Ireland’s mainstream media coverage of the upset.  

Sheehan noted the Irish are quick to jump on the bandwagon whenever a combatant sings their praises, making Diaz and Poirier potentially popular draws for future cards there.

Speaking of singing, Sheehan became the latest guest to get caught busting out a few bars on RNC Radio. Hear his rendition of Fields of Athenry ONLY right here.

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press, and on YouTube.

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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