Report: Paulie Malignaggi – “Conor McGregor knows he’s one of combat sports biggest pussies”

It may feel like a life time ago but believe it or not, we’re coming up on the one year anniversary of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s boxing experiment.

It was well documented at the time that the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion made use of a number of different coaches and sparring partners in preparation for meeting one of boxing’s all time greats. There was one sparring partner who is perhaps more notorious than the others (see what I did there?). Paulie Malignaggi arrived in Dublin to train with Conor and if you take the Irishman’s word on the subject, he out performed the former IBF and WBA champion during their time together.

To mark the occasion of it being one year since their ‘relationship’ began, McGregor took to twitter earlier this week to remind everybody of the time Dana White released footage showing Malignaggi being knocked to the canvas by the UFC star.

Given their rocky history, it isn’t exactly surprising that Malignaggi took the bait, addressing the post and the pair’s ongoing issues in an interview with Sirius XM Boxing.

“His pride is hurt,” Malignaggi said. “He still thinks about the beating he caught, every day, in the gym last year. He had four seconds of highlights and it’s burning him inside that he only has four or five seconds of highlights in 36 minutes. He thinks about me every single day. His personality, his behavior pattern is very consistent with this. A year later he is still Tweeting about me. A few months after we sparred he put his only highlights on the documentary of his that came out as well. He’s really, all by himself, coming up with these ideas to think about Paulie Malignaggi.”

“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!’”

“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.”

“Somebody’s gotta remind him that he made $100 million. Someone’s got to remind him that he’s living the good life. He just had a baby. He had a lot of things that really should distract him to not think about Paulie Malignaggi. You make $100 million, you have a couple kids in the past year, you’ve got a documentary that came out, you just signed a big fight – I don’t know. I really feel bad for him.”

Despite being significantly outmatched on paper and ultimately in the ring too, McGregor left with his head high and his bank balance even higher, picking up a rumoured $100 million for his troubles.

The Irishman’s next challenge? Another attempt at handing an undefeated champion his first loss, something Malignaggi once again doesn’t see breaking in McGregor’s favour, claiming he “has no balls” and accusing him of taking the easy way out in his first encounter with Nate Diaz.

“Here’s the thing about Conor, I’ve said that he has no balls and he has a problem with this fight,” said Malignaggi. “Khabib is not a guy that will put you out of your misery. Remember the Nate Diaz fight, when he shot in on Nate Diaz and got submitted? Nate Diaz is a guy you don’t want to wind up on the ground with because he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu and he’ll submit you right away. If you’re gonna fight Nate Diaz, you have to keep the fight standing up. In that fight against Nate Diaz though, he’s getting pummeled in round two and he’s probably gonna get pummeled for the rest of the fight, so what does he do? He needs a way out of it because he doesn’t want to get beat up for four straight rounds. So what does he do? He goes, ‘If I take this fight to the ground, Nate will submit me and then it won’t look like I quit.’ Because if you’re fighting Nate Diaz, common sense tells you that you don’t want to wind up on the ground.”

“Conor is the one that took that fight to the ground. He shot in looking to take that fight to the ground. Why did he do that? Because he’s trying to quit. If Nate puts him in a submission, he can quit and then it looks like ‘Oh well, I had to tap out.’ But really the decision was made when he shot in that he was quitting already.”

“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.”

It is certainly a bold move for McGregor to make his UFC return following a two year hiatus against a fighter of Khabib’s quality and experience, yet it does not feel surprising. We’ve become accustomed to boldness when it comes to Conor and his shenanigans. The idea of a warm up fight to knock the rust off would likely have gone down like the proverbial lead balloon should it have been suggested to the former champ champ.

It is a match up which Malignaggi can only see going one way, with Conor once again looking for a way out.

“The fact is he’s gonna look for a way out of that fight too,” Malignaggi added. “Look at round five of the Diaz rematch, he’s literally running for his life. Who does that? With the fight hanging in the balance, who runs for the entire final round?”

“He was given the decision in a close decision that could have went either way but who takes that chance though? These are all character flaws of a man with no balls. When you’re a fighter you can tell right away who has character and who doesn’t. The guy has none so he tries to play it up in other ways so he covers up the fact that he has no balls.”

Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor battle in biggest fight in UFC history 

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his title against former two-division champ and No.1 contender Conor McGregor in the most anticipated fight in the promotion’s history. The co-main event will see a battle between heavyweight KO artists, as No.2-ranked contender Derrick Lewis will lock horns with No.5-ranked Alexander Volkov.

UFC 229: Khabib vs. Mcgregor takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 from T-Mobile Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Known for his crushing pressure and ground game, the undefeated Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) has proven to be unstoppable inside the Octagon. Over the course of his spectacular run, he’s earned dominant wins over Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson, Rafael Dos Anjos, Abel Trujillo and Thiago Tavares. Nurmagomedov’s last outing saw him best Al Iaquinta to capture the lightweight championship. He now looks to earn his first successful title defense in a grudge match for the ages.

McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) looks to reclaim his belt against his most heated rival yet. The bout marks his return from competing against Floyd Mayweather in the biggest global boxing match ever seen on Pay-Per-View. In the Octagon, he’s delivered incredible victories against Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway. He became a two-division champion by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in 2016, and he now aims to take his top spot back against his toughest test to date.

Heavy-handed Lewis (20-5 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Tex.) looks to stake his claim for a title shot with another vicious finish. During his UFC stint, “The Black Beast” has earned impressive finishes against Marcin Tybura, Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga. His last outing saw him earn a decision win over recent title challenger Francis Ngannou. He is now primed to put away another surging contender.

A champion outside the UFC, Volkov (29-6, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) is currently riding an impressive six-fight win streak. Following victories against Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Timothy Johnson, the Russian standout netted a spectacular KO win over former champ Fabricio Werdum in March. Volkov is now ready to deliver a show-stealing performance to earn a UFC title shot.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a pivotal clash of flyweight contenders, No.2-ranked Sergio Pettis (17-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) takes on No.5-ranked Jussier Formiga (21-5, fighting out of Natal, Brazil)
  • No.7-ranked light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux (22-11, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) looks to stop undefeated No.12 Dominick Reyes (9-0, fighting out of Victorville, Calif.)
  • No.7-ranked strawweight contender Michelle Waterson (15-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) squares off with No.8 Felice Herrig (14-7, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.)
  • Rising bantamweight Sean O’Malley (10-0, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) will look to keep his perfect record intact against streaking Jose Quinonez (8-2, fighting out of San Diego, Calif. by way of Tlaltenango, Mexico)
  • No.11-ranked bantamweight contender Lina Lansberg (8-3, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden) meets Yana Kunitskaya (10-4 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M. by way of Murmansk, Russia)
  • Gritty welterweight Ryan LaFlare (13-2, fighting out of Farmingdale, N.Y.) aims to continue building momentum against tough prospect Tony Martin (12-4, fighting out of Boston, Mass.)

Opinion: Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor (Part 1) – Khabib’s Gameplan

Arguably the single biggest mixed martial arts bout in history has finally got a confirmed date. On October 6th, “Sin City” will play host to a lightweight grudge match between the so far un-rivalled champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov and the sports biggest household name: Conor McGregor.

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MMAMotion Week In Focus #2

Another week in the crazy world of MMA, we have had UFC Calgary with a crazy card, Conor Mcgregor has had his court hearing, Bellator adding multiple fighters to their roster and Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series once again lives up to expectations. In this article, we will take a quick look at the main things that happened in mixed martial arts last week.

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Report: Conor McGregor Sentenced to 5 Days Community Service & Anger Management

Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor appeared in a New York City court today for the third occasion.

This time, he was issued his sentencing and verdict for his part in the UFC 223 bus attack in the Barclays Centre.

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Breaking: Darren Till vs Tyron Woodley at UFC 228

Liverpool’s own number two ranked welterweight Darren “The Gorilla” Till (17-0-1) is confirmed via Dana White, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, to fight current UFC welterweight champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (18-3-1) for the title at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas.

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News: Khabib vows to “destroy” McGregor ahead of rumoured UFC 229 meeting

Reigning UFC lightweight king Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has further intensified rumours surrounding a possible meeting with Conor McGregor this morning. The undefeated Combat Sambo specialist promised to knock the Irishmoan out at their speculated October clash.

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News: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor reportedly in the works for UFC 229 in October

Conor McGregor is most certainly not out of the woods yet in terms of legal proceedings, but his hiatus from active mixed-martial arts competition may be coming to an end. According to MMA Team Dagestan, a lightweight title clash at UFC 229 between champ Khabib and former gold holder Conor McGregor is in the works.

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News: Conor McGregor appears in court in Brooklyn

A little over 2 months after wreaking havoc at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Conor McGregor has today made his second appearance at Kings County Supreme Criminal Court, Brooklyn.

McGregor initially appeared in court on April 6th alongside SGB teammate Cian Cowley to answer to three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. Both fighters were released after each posted $50,000 bail.

Both McGregor and Cowley entered the court room at approximately 3pm UK time with the hearing lasting just a couple of minutes.

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News: Dana White confirms new date for Conor McGregor meeting

Dana White and Conor McGregor are finally getting together to discuss the former two weight UFC champion’s future with the promotion.

Speaking to TMZ Sports yesterday, White confirmed that he will be meeting with the outspoken Irishman early next week.

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