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Morning Report: Paulie Malignaggi warns Conor McGregor may get DQ’d if he doesn’t cut ‘all the dirty stuff’

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And so the Malignaggi vs. McGregor subplot continues.

As you know by now, Paulie Malignaggi - the former two division boxing champion - was a sparring partner for Conor McGregor in preparation for his bout against Floyd Mayweather next week. However, Malignaggi left camp after a dispute over sparring and shortly afterwards, Dana White released some video clips showing McGregor seemingly getting the better of the former boxing champion.

Since then, Malignaggi has been laying the groundwork for a future fight between the two and Wednesday he went on The Herd with Colin Cowherd where he went into more detail about his sparring with McGregor and claimed that the UFC lightweight champion is having trouble adjusting to the different rule set of boxing and was even docked points for repeatedly fouling during their training.

“Rules are different in mixed martial arts than they are in boxing and he wanted to know what he’s doing wrong and what he’s doing right and what not so every single sparring session he had, [Hall of Fame referee] Joe Cortez was there.

“One thing Conor has to understand - and you see that in that clip that they sent out - it wasn’t so much that he’s landing shots because most of the shots are missing. If anything, they’ve shot themselves in the foot because all the dirty stuff he does that the referee will actually warn him for. In that particular sparring session, there’s no judges, but he lost two points from that particular sparring session for fouls, for rabbit punching and hitting behind the head and pushing behind the head.”

Concerns about McGregor reverting to MMA tactics once inside the ring were among the first issues addressed once the fight was made official and the penalty should McGregor do something like kick Mayweather is said to be substantial. But the idea that McGregor, who has never boxed professionally before and is transitioning from a sport where infighting is less strict, might have trouble adjusting to the new way of fighting isn’t beyond the pale. And that, according to Malignaggi, is one of the biggest issues Conor is facing heading into this fight and could get him in trouble come Aug. 26.

“What he really has to learn is to try to keep it within the rules because he’s a little bit confused as to what he’s doing in there. He’s a little bit confused, especially on the inside as you can see on that tape. He’s trying to grab and push the head down. Inside fighting in boxing is very different from inside fighting in mixed martial arts. You can’t grab. You actually have to know what you’re doing on the inside. . .

“I think Conor has to learn to turn punches over but more than that he needs to learn how to keep it clean. He’s gonna get himself disqualified if he keeps punching behind the head and pushing the head down. He needs to understand that inside fighting in boxing is different than inside fighting in mixed martial arts.”

And if McGregor doesn’t get himself disqualified, Malignaggi says he has a chance - not a great one - but a chance because he’s coming with more fire in the belly.

“If you’re looking at it style-wise, it’s not a matchup. Style-wise, Conor can’t match Floyd at all. I think what you want to really look at for this matchup is the intensity. Conor’s the younger guy. He’s bringing that youthful intensity and the intensity Conor brings can sometimes be a change of pace. Floyd’s fought some great fighters, he’s beaten some great fighters, but all of them, to a degree, have had a little bit of respect for Floyd because they know how good he is and what he can do. Conor is coming in a little bit as a rookie. Call it ignorance is bliss in a way, but it also makes it more exciting because he’s not really coming with that kind of respect.”

Conor McGregor boxes Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, Nev.


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#Dreams. McGregor says Mayweather “won’t even exit the first round.”

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Daniel Cormier deserves all the respect.

Conor on Conan.

Victor Ortiz on MayMac.

Mayweather on Kimmel.

Coach Roddy Vlog.

Mayweather addressing the age-old question.

Violent KO.

Dana saying Conor won all 12 rounds against Paulie but he’s only released a few clips.


Heavy Hands. Debating and discussing camps and coaches in MMA.


If Conor pulls it off, Zuffa Boxing gonna have to be a thing if they want to keep making money from him.

#wouldwatch (again, I know they’ve been going at this for a couple days).

Max will never get this fight and that’s a shame.

Hard to imagine Khabib is getting a title fight after his last year.



Can't wait to cut the snakes head off in "The Garden" #TheRealMainEvent #AndStill #NoloveLost #FreeMoney

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Good scrap.

Never forget, Mayweather’s undefeated record is definitely debatable.


Cody Garbrandt (11-0) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (14-3); UFC 217, Nov. 4.

Aiemann Zahabi (7-0) vs. Ricardo Ramos (10-1); UFC 217, Nov. 4.

Diego Sanchez (27-10) vs. Matt Brown (21-16); UFC Fight Night 120, Nov. 11.


2006: Diego Sanchez established himself as a real contender by out-working Karo Parisyan at UFC Fight Night 6.

Also on this night, Doug Marshall began his run as WEC light heavyweight champion (the longest reigning WEC light heavyweight champ) when he knocked out Lodune Sincaid at WEC 23: Hot August Fights.

2013: Chael Sonnen submitted Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26. This event also featured the last time Conor McGregor would appear on an undercard, as his fight against Max Holloway was on the Fox Sports prelims.


9 days.

Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.

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