Malignaggi blasted White in an interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he has never been a fan of him and does not like the way he treats UFC athletes.
White was the one who posted the controversial sparring footage of Malignaggi and McGregor last week.
“That fat f*ck Dana White,” Malignaggi said. “The Pillsbury Doughboy. You put a white hat on him and give him a white shirt, he looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy. I just want to punch him in his belly button, so he can go ‘hoo hoo hoo,’ like that little laugh from the Pillsbury Doughboy, you know?”
White was in attendance for the second sparring session between McGregor and Malignaggi two weeks ago. The footage White posted appeared to be McGregor dropping Malignaggi with punches. But Malignaggi said it was a push down — McGregor held down his head and Malignaggi lost his balance when McGregor let it go, the two-time former boxing champion said. Malignaggi said the video was “Hollywood” edited and could be seen better in slow motion.
After the sparring, Malignaggi said White came up to him and thanked him for the work and complimented him. Malignaggi said he wasn't trying to get into a conversation with White, because he didn't want to be fake.
“I never liked the guy," Malignaggi said. “I don’t think he treats the fighters fairly. I don’t think he treats the UFC fighters fairly. There’s no Ali Act in MMA because of him mainly, first and foremost. He’s one of the guys trying to prevent it from happening."
The UFC has lobbied against the bill that would extend boxing's Ali Act to MMA, which is currently in Congress. Malignaggi has tweeted about his views on that situation before this whole incident, writing that it was “weird” to see MMA fans cheer so loudly for White during the MayMac World Tour.
The Ali Act balances the playing field between fighters and promoters more and allows athletes to negotiate based on divulged revenue, among other things.
Malignaggi also addressed White on Friday night when the UFC boss posted the sparring footage on social media.
@danawhite you bitchass you were actually there and saw all 12 rounds. Really you fuckin cue ball ass fraud? Kissin my ass after the 12rds.— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017
In an interview with Sky Sports on Monday, White addressed Malignaggi’s comments.
“Paulie has said some crazy things, some bad things about me,” White said.” I felt sorry for the guy. It was a one-way beating. And a lot of people are saying Conor couldn’t box. Paulie was obviously lying about everything he said about the sparring match, so I released it.
“It was very one-sided, it was an absolute beating. And guess what? I think it was the right thing for Paulie Malignaggi to definitely leave — for his health’s sake.”