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Joe Cortez did not see Paulie Malignaggi’s fall, says Conor McGregor sparring partner

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In his latest column for the Irish News, Conor McGregor’s sparring partner and youth commonwealth silver medalist, Tiernan Bradley, claims that veteran referee did not see the incident that led to Paulie Malignaggi’s infamous fall.

Pictures showing Malignaggi on the ground during a sparring session with McGregor were leaked last Thursday, prompting him to leave the camp.

Earlier this week, the retired boxer appeared on The MMA Hour and laid all his cards on the tables regarding his departure from the camp in an interview with Ariel Helwani.

According to Bradley, Malignaggi and McGregor were in each other’s presence after the images were leaked, and although he was visibly frustrated about the situation, the former two-weight champ did not broach the issue with “The Notorious.”

As far as the second sparring session is concerned, the young boxer claimed that it was very competitive, but the Irishman was “the clear winner overall.”

Many believe that veteran referee Joe Cortez’s reaction that was captured in the leaked pictures is a good indication that the fall came from a pushdown, rather than a knockdown.

However, Bradley claims that Cortez had no idea what happened before Malignaggi hit the ground.

“I’ve seen people say that, from the photo, you can tell that it was a push down by the body language of Joe Cortez,” wrote Bradley.

“I can tell you now – Joe didn’t see the incident that led to Paulie being on the ground. He didn’t see it.

“At the end of the day it was a spar, so what is he going to do - give him a count?”

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