Recently, Conor McGregor and his camp have been making a lot of statements. First, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh said that his charge wanted to fight Paulie Malignaggi in the UFC. Then, over the weekend, the UFC lightweight champion came out and lambasted Robert Byrd, the referee in his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying that he didn’t “get a fair shake” and that he “knows” he’d win a rematch. So with all these shots being taken at boxing and himself, it’s unsurprising that McGregor’s former sparring partner got his dander up.
Taking to social media yesterday, Malignaggi went after McGregor for his comments, saying the lightweight champion had “no balls” for trying to fight him in the cage instead of the ring, and mocking McGregor’s loss to Mayweather, specifically for what Malignaggi says was quitting in the ring.
Pitiful isn't it? I dunno what's more pitiful, him talkin bout me now or his poor fans starting to understand the reality of that spar sesh. https://t.co/vUpKmdzCog— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) October 2, 2017
It is, that's why I told him to his face to bring his balls. He tends to forget those. He's talking, gonna need balls to back his talk up. https://t.co/zFMXostSbR— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) October 2, 2017
Don't worry, my tanks always full. Wouldn't wanna be mistaken for no balls McGregor, that's fuckers constantly outta gas lol https://t.co/BscRmIB6fC— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) October 2, 2017
Exactly. Plus we all get tired late in the fight. Only those with no balls outright stop fighting back though so Ref can stop the fight. https://t.co/CM0zLzgGLO— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) October 2, 2017
This guy's funny. I give it 2 him he's got a good editing team that can edit an ass whippin he takes so it can cover up his bitchassness. https://t.co/OSAObdIbW3— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) October 3, 2017
Malignaggi didn’t stop there. The former world champion boxer also spoke with EsNews, doubling down on his comments and saying that since McGregor was so adamant that he won their sparring sessions, he needed to back up his talk in a legitimate boxing match.
“You talked all this s**t about how you handled it in the cage, now not only are you not releasing the video, but now you want to not box either? Nah, he doesn’t want it that way. You’ve got to be a man and prove yourself. You’ve got to show what kind of balls you’ve got. It’s easy to talk all that s**t, now since it was so easy, you’ve got to box and you’ve got to prove it. No, we’re not going in a cage because that’s not where you “handled me.” You “handled me” in the ring, right? So now go and prove it.
“He’s got to man up now. He’s got to stand up for what he said or he’s gonna continue to prove what I said about him, that he’s got no balls.”
Malignaggi retired from boxing earlier this year and was initially a sparring partner brought in to help McGregor train for Mayweather; but after their fallout over the controversial sparring video, Malignaggi has been actively pursuing a match with McGregor. In a year which has seen several high profile retirements from boxing, Malignaggi says he’s willing to forego his if it means he can prove that the released footage was not indicative of the actuality of the session.
“I retired in a weird year. I guess all the more reason why I should come back and smack McGregor. Or he could just play the video, and you could see that was me at 20 percent so what would happen at 100 percent? If he could do that, I’ll take that.”
Well done. The UFC will donate $1M to families affected by Las Vegas shooting.
DJ making life hard for Kevin Lee. We don’t deserve him.
TMZ had a lot today.
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*pls SHARE*Syndicate MMA is hosting a charity seminar to benefit individuals&families affected by the horrible shooting.$25 minimum donation pic.twitter.com/3XQTMgpd6U— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) October 2, 2017
Vegas bound this weekend. First order of business will be to donate blood— Brandon Gibson (@SixGunGibson) October 3, 2017
To the fight fans living or traveling to Vegas this week. Please consider donating blood. Let's make a difference! @ufc— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) October 2, 2017
A lot happened yesterday, most of it bad.
The makings of a title fight.
Ha, Volkan has officially lost his mind!!!!!! https://t.co/BhKjaXK7CS— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 2, 2017
Cub gave up on his campaign for a title shot it seems.
Grasso says she had a knee injury before her last fight and just had surgery on it.
Buenos días! ☘ Espero que tengan una excelente semana. Yo tengo 2 noticias 1 buena y 1 mala. •La mala es que tenía un lesión en mi rodilla. Antes de mi última pelea tenia una molestia, pasó mi camp y el de mis compañeros en CDMX, regresé y fui a terapias pero la molestia seguía. Asi que me mandaron a hacer una resonancia y resultó que uno de mis meniscos estaba dañado, no es algo tan grave pero era necesario hacer cirugía para evitar daños mayores. •La buena es que en SportMed el Dr. Francisco Arroyo me operó super bien y ahora solo debo estar en reposo y terapias. Esta es mi cara después de la anestesia estoy super bien cuidada y lista para recuperarme lo mas pronto posible. Les mando un abrazote mandenme mucha buena vibra ☘ #LoboMMA #TeamGrasso #SportMedMx #medicinadeldeporte #mantenimientodearticulaciones
Someone call RIZIN, stat.
Steven Seagal, I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas pic.twitter.com/tTy7Qo4zHF— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 2, 2017
A different kind of call out.
The same old kind of call out.
Wait I just got here?... Who has the longest ACTIVE win streak in the division? @RdosAnjosMMA say my name I’m waiting you BUM!!— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) October 2, 2017
Aung La N Sang (20-10) vs. Alain Ngalani (3-3, 1 NC); ONE Championship, Nov. 3.
Jose Torres (5-0) vs. Gleidson DeJesus (7-2); Titan FC 46, Nov. 17.
Not much else to say today but that our thoughts our with everyone impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas. See y’all tomorrow.
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