If you thought the days of Paulie Malignaggi related headlines were over in the MMA world, well, guess we’re not done just yet.
Unless you’re brand new to combat sports, then you know last summer Malignaggi’s feud with McGregor repeatedly was in the news. The retired boxer was brought into help McGregor train for his August boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Malignaggi, however, didn’t care for how McGregor’s team spun their sparring sessions and he ultimately left the camp.
Things really went off the rails after Dana White posted a video clip which appeared to show McGregor dropping the former fighter, turned commentator. Malignaggi argued it wasn’t a knockdown, and he also claimed he had bested McGregor in sparring.
Well, things had been somewhat quiet on the Malignaggi front, at least in MMA. But recently McGregor took a poke at Malignaggi on Twitter, and the latter responded. Since then, Malignaggi spoke with Sirius XM Boxing, and not surprisingly, he trashed McGregor once again.
Here is just some of what he had to say about McGregor, and his upcoming, October 6th fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov (quote via MMA Fighting) (Warning: explicit language):
“I feel bad. I hurt his pride, I hurt him as a man. Sure, he gets his feelings up and his hopes up when all his pussy fans get his back on social media and believe his four seconds of highlights, that gets his hopes up. He needs a pick-me-up so he’ll post a Tweet every once in a while about me just to give himself a little pick-me-up just so his fans can tell him, ‘Yeah, Conor! You’re the man!’ But when he lays his head on the bed deep at night, he knows he’s one of combat sports’ biggest pussies and that’s the problem. He knows who he is inside. . .
“Now, Khabib is not a guy that’s known as a submission guy. Now, I’m not a mixed martial arts expert, but Khabib is more of a ground and pound guy, which means you don’t have the option to be submitted really because Khabib will just keep you on the ground and punish you and beat you and beat you and beat you. Now, granted, Conor has some skills standing up a little bit and maybe Khabib will have a hard time getting it to the ground, but if the fight ends up on the ground, it’s only a beating for Conor. So how is a guy with no balls gonna take a good beating for five rounds when he looks to quit as soon as he gets uncomfortable? That’s the question of the day really.”
So, there you go. Clearly there’s still some serious beef here.
All that aside, it’s going to be fascinating to see what transpires at UFC 229, if Nurmagomedov is able to repeatedly take McGregor down.