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Morning Report: Conor McGregor takes aim at Khabib Nurmagomedov, Paulie Malignaggi on social media

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well apparently, Conor McGregor has an awful lot to say to Paulie Malignaggi.

Recently, Maliginaggi signed with Bare Knuckle FC, where McGregor’s teammate and training partner Artem Lobov is currently signed. On Tuesday, at the BKFC media day for Lobov’s fight with Jason Knight on Saturday, Malignaggi showed up and slapped Lobov, starting a scuffle that will inevitably set the stage for a future fight between the two.

But the slap did more than set up a fight with Lobov; it also drew the ire of the recently retired McGregor, who posted to Twitter no less than 16 photos of his infamous sparring session with Malignaggi, showing McGregor seemingly beating up on the former world champion boxer.

Malignaggi’s beef with McGregor is old hat at this point, harkening back to McGregor’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. McGregor brought in Malignaggi as a training partner but things soured quickly as McGregor allegedly got the better of Malignaggi in sparring and the boxer couldn’t take it and left the camp. Malignaggi, of course, denies that is what happened however a brief snippet of the sparring footage released does show McGregor getting the better of the action and it’s from that footage that many of these photos appear to have been cropped.

Since their dispute, Malignaggi has been angling for a fight with McGregor and recently reupped his claims that McGregor is too scared to face him. But though McGregor is “retired” he has his own white whale to chase, the man who most recently beat him, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Prior to announcing his retirement, McGregor said he was still aiming for a rematch with Khabib and yesterday, after taking his shots at Malignaggi, McGregor then turned his social media ire towards his nemesis, with a pair of Tweets attacking Nurmagomedov’s family.

(h/t MiddleEasy for the screenshot)

The attack on Nurmagomedov’s wife appears to be in response to Khabib recently calling McGregor a “a jealous wife who says ‘I will leave’ all the time but then comes back” when speaking to Russian media about McGregor’s retirement.

This kind of rhetoric was exactly what McGregor was suspended for earlier this year, as the NAC wanted to “rein in” “unacceptable” forms of trash talking. McGregor has since deleted both of the above Tweets but did make it clear he’s still in it for the rematch.

Considering what happened the last time Conor attacked Khabib’s family, it’s hard to imagine this won’t get McGregor the rematch he’s been looking for.


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Hey guys First and foremost congrats to Timofey in his victory , He is very deserving of everything that comes with victory and I wish him the best in the continued tournament . Honestly speaking how I fought my One Championship debut is not a reflection of my training my coaches , my team , it’s not even a reflection of my beliefs . I am sincerely disappointed and confused in my inability to not pull the trigger and my hesitancy on recent fight nights , it’s been quite confusing to figure out the past year or so . Coach Mark always stresses “hesitancy is Death” and it’s not something that is even in my character to do . In this particular fight I waited too long for an opening and paid the ultimate price . The punch that hit me , instantly blinded me and split both eyelids in half . It felt like my eye exploded from the inside and the pain was instant . From an outsider watching myself I should of have expected the result considering my actions . You have to punch , kick , takedown and pressure to win a fight , I waited . I simply waited too long for the correct timing and opening that never came . Fighting continues to teach me life lessons thru my victories and even more through tough defeats . Victory and defeat are by products of putting it on the line , they have been inescapable throughout my whole life . I hope to be judged on how I adjust and pivot from defeat and behave in victory rather than the result of a small moment in time . To my Wife /kids family , coaches , teams mates , friends and to all the fans , thank you always for your continued support , doing this is very lonely and isolated , a simple pat on the back goes a long long way . Thank you thank you thank you . I will make adjustments and come back true to form #UGK

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Tony staying on that grind.

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The self-love.

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Call out.

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I wonder if Conor realized how bad that Tweet was or if it was a PR person. Glad to see the NAC’s fines and suspensions really did a great job of dissuading this kind of behavior.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



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