Conor McGregor retired from the UFC on Twitter and UFC 200 is missing a main event.

Rear-Naked Choke Radio hosts Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA were joined by former partner Amy Barton (@amesbelle) to talk about McGregor’s sudden retirement from MMA and the ramifications it has on UFC 200.

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Rizzo, Kelly and Barton talked about the possible reasons for McGregor to retire, as well as what it means to the sport and for his legacy if he is truly walking away. Though their opinions weren’t totally in agreement, through debating and stressing their points, the show examined a plethora of reasons for McGregor’s departure.

McGregor was scheduled to rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 200, after the Irishman was submitted in the first meeting. Rizzo, Kelly and Barton discussed the damage done to the card in McGregor’s absence.

With more fighters opting to take fun fights instead of chasing a title shot, the trio of hosts also talked about the benefits and detriments of conducting business in that manner.

Other topics discussed included the return of Jon Jones, The Ultimate Fighter 23, the possibility of a TUF season created with flyweights currently on the UFC 125-pound roster and more.

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

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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