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.

Continue reading “Opinion: Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor (Part 1) – Khabib’s Gameplan”

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.

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

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.

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

Is Conor McGregor Preparing For Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Conor “The Notorious” Mcgregor has released a video of himself sparring for the first time since his transition into the world of boxing. As we all know the Irishman likes to offer hints in his social media posts and it seems like he had offered us all a new hope that “Notorious” will return in an attempt to reclaim his 155lb strap!

Its been unclear what the future holds for the UFC’s biggest star after the antics that took place at UFC 223 which lead to the 29-year-old being arrested and a court date is set. Despite this, Mcgregor’s latest social media post is showing him training at his beloved SBG gym primarily focused on grappling, as if he was to fight the current champion Khabib the majority of his fight camp would have to be focused on attempting to stop the onslaught from the Russian powerhouse.

At this time, of course, this is all speculation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Mcgregor was in fact training for his toughest test yet, and only time will tell if this is really the case.

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News: Dana White talks Conor vs Khabib – “You gotta do it in Vegas”

Dana White has squashed any speculation that the highly anticipated fight between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor might take place in Russia. With the UFC expected to hold their first event in Russia later this year, many had suggested that the event would be headlined by the UFC’s biggest Russian star defending his belt against the Irish former champion.

Speaking to TMZ Sports yesterday, White made it clear that he only has one destination in mind for a fight of this magnitude.

“If you do a fight that big, you gotta do it in Vegas,” White said.

“Khabib will fight in Russia at some point, but it wont be that fight. It’s too big. Ya gotta do it in Vegas.”

Before any plans can be put into place, McGregor must resolve his outstanding legal issues in New York. After being released on bail last month, the Irishman is due to appear in court on June 14 to answer to charges of assault and criminal mischief. No matter the outcome of the legal proceedings, there will then potentially be some form of punishment meted out by the UFC.

White confirmed to TMZ that any potential internal disciplinary proceedings aren’t being considered until McGregor’s legal issues are resolved.

“He’s gotta be punished by the law first,” White said.

“Let’s see what happens in New York.”

It is testament to the Irishman’s popularity and drawing power that people are still talking about him fighting again in the UFC following the events which took place in Brooklyn leading up to UFC 223.

Providing McGregor and his legal team are able to avoid the courts making an example of the 29-year-old star, it feels inevitable that we will see him face Nurmagomedov in the octagon before the end of the year. The fight has all the makings of becoming the biggest grudge match in recent memory and has the potential to produce one of the largest PPV numbers in company history.

 

 

Opinion: A look at what could happen when Khabib and McGregor meet

McGregor vs Khabib. Ireland vs Russia. East vs West. Call it what you want, but this fight is going to be the biggest event ever in the UFC. The beef is real, and both fighters respective countries are at logger heads in the political world and the crime world. This goes beyond just man vs man in the cage.

McGregor has recently displayed interest in this fight, stating he would be willing to fight Khabib for a decreased wage. People have called lies on these rumours, but with a possibility of MayMac II fight getting closer to reality by the day, it is understandable that he would be willing to take a pay cut to finally face Khabib.

Both fighters have shown adaptations in their game recently, with Conor putting pictures on Instagram of him grappling from the bottom, possibly preparing for the takedown onslaught, and the eagle trying to display striking skills against Al Iaquinta.

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I feel that McGregor’s adaptations may be more successful, given that he is a high level jiu jitsu practitioner. He would have been watching the Iaquinta fight with a smile on his face, although he did not put up much a fight against Khabib, I believe the fight showed that The Eagle has holes in his game. Considering the fight IQ of The Notorious one, he will now be able to sufficiently adapt a game plan to beat the Dagestani dynamo.

This fight will be a slobber knocker of all slobber knockers. The Eagle will easily take the first 1-2 rounds on takedowns alone, he will beat McGregor on the ground, but to win this fight he will need to finish the fight early by ground and pound. As he showed against Iaqunita, he starts to slow down after the third round. Khabib does have a legit chance in this fight, but I think given how one dimensional of a fighter he is, it severely cuts his chances of retaining his perfect professional record.

As I explained before, McGregor has been putting up pictures of him on the bottom in training. It is possible that McGregor has been practicing getting up from the bottom. Conor also displayed against Diaz that he does have a very good takedown defense, which if put into practice at the same level against Khabib, the Russian will be breathing heavily come mid fight. People will say ‘McGregor has no gas tank’, but he won’t need too have much of a gas tank, as I believe he will let Khabib do all the hard work on the ground and let him wear him self out early. The eagle may be a grappling monster, but in his last 2 fights he has shown no ground and pound knockout power what so ever. This was evident in the Barboza fight, where he spent most of the fight on top but still couldn’t finish the Brazilian.

That will then leave it down to the striking game……

We all know what’s going to happen there.

Khabib displayed a relatively good striking level in his last fight, but it was B level striking at best. That’s being generous.

Hands down, chin out, no head movement, tripling and quadrupling the jab and always slipping to the right after the jab. His footwork was like a drunk uncle at wedding. This carried him through against Iaquinta, but the “Brooklyn gangster” is nowhere near the level of McGregor.

The Irishman has a huge reach advantage on the Russian, and this will really come into play later on in the fight. The eagle may have displayed quick striking, but he advertises each punch for about 3 weeks before he throws it. This is when he will step into ‘Mac’s world’, and only one fighter will come out successful from this situation.

McGregor will pick Khabib’s chin like a gold mine as the fight starts to wear on, and the patented Celtic cross will land flush.

For this fight I pick McGregor for a 5th round knockout.

What could be next for the UFC 223 winners?

After one of the most outrageous fight weeks in memory, we finally made it to UFC 223. Nine fights which remained on the card and while they may have lacked in highlight real finishes, they more than made up for it with some exciting, back and forth battles and some serious displays of heart.

Let’s take a look at what could be next for new lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the other winning fighters.

Devin Clark (9-2-0)

In picking up a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Mike Rodriguez, Devin Clark moved back into the win column following his loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 117.

Clark moves to 3-2-0 in his UFC career and a match up with Khalil Rountree (6-3-0) seems like a logical next step. Rountree is 2-3-0 in the UFC and is coming off of a loss to Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 219 last December. A win for either fighter would push them one step closer to breaking into the UFC light heavyweight rankings.

Ashlee Evans Smith (6-3-0)

In a match up which represented the 125lbs debut for both fighters, Ashlee Evans Smith won every round on the score cards on her way to a unanimous decision victory over Bec Rawlings. Evans Smith appeared bigger and stronger in coming down from 135 lbs than her opponent who was making the step up from strawweight and it showed in her performance.

For her second flyweight bout, Rachel Ostovich (4-3-0) would provide Evans Smith with an opportunity to gain a foothold in the rankings. Ostovich hasn’t fought since a winning effort at the TUF 26 finale against Karine Gevorgyan and as a natural flyweight would provide a sterner test for Evans Smith.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-2-0)

Canadian Gangster, Olivier Aubin-Mercier added a fourth win to his UFC win streak with an impressive first round TKO victory over Evan Dunham. The win moves the “Quebec Kid” to a record of 7-2-0 in the UFC.

In his next fight, Aubin-Mercier will look to cement his place in the UFC lightweight rankings. Beneil Dariush (14-4-1) is currently ranked at number 15 in the lightweight division and would be the perfect opponent to welcome Aubin-Mercia to the rankings. Dariush is 0-2-1 in his last three fights following losses to Alexander Hernandez and Edson Barbosa either side of a draw against the man Aubin-Mercia just defeated, Evan Dunham.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-2-0)

UFC 223: Kowalkiewicz v Herrig

Bringing the preliminary card to a close, former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz earned a split decision victory to end the four fight win streak of Felice Herrig. Speaking after the fight, Kowalkiewicz voiced her desire to earn another shot at the UFC strawweight title.

A rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2-0) seems inevitable if Kowalkiewicz is to fight her way back into title contention. The two Polish stars last met at UFC 205 where Jedrzeczyk won a comfortable victory over her compatriot. If Kowalkiewicz can demonstrate that she has improved enough to topple Joanna in a rematch, that will surely be enough to earn her another opportunity to become the UFC strawweight champion.

Chris Gruetzemacher (14-3-0)

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With an impressively dominant TKO win over veteran Joe Lauzon, Chris Gruetzemacher snapped his two fight losing streak and picked up his first UFC win since his debut. It was a professional performance from the 31-year-old former TUF contestant and it came as little shock when Lauzon’s corner called an end to the fight after the second round.

For Gruetzemacher’s next fight, I’d like to see him matched with Ross Pearson (20-14-0, 1 n/c). Pearson is coming off a decision win over Mizuto Hirota at UFC 221. Both fighters are 1-2 in their last three fights and a win for either fighter would move them a step closer to the UFC lightweight rankings.

Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1-0)

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In an incredibly entertaining fight of the night, Zabit Magomedsharipov impressed with a decision win over an extremely game Kyle Bochniak. In his post fight interview, Zabit called for a match up with number 10 ranked featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez. Yair responded on Twitter saying, “Congrats on a great win Zabit. It would be an honor to fight you one day. We’ll have to meet each other in the Top 10 which I know you’ll make quickly. My next fight coming up, so stay tuned.”.

There can be no doubting the talent of Zabit and it makes sense for him to take on a ranked opponent in his next fight. Darren Elkins (24-5-0) is currently ranked at number nine in the featherweight division and is carrying a six fight win streak. Elkins is another incredibly tough fighter and has the necessary skills to test Zabit in a way that he has not yet been tested in his short UFC career.

Renato Moicano (12-1-1)

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Renato Moicano bounced back from a third round submission loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 214, earning a comfortable unanimous decision win over Calvin Kattar. Moicano dominated the final two rounds of the fight, peppering Kattar with leg kicks on the way to ending his opponents 10 fight win streak.

Veteran featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-6-0) is coming off a loss to Josh Emmett last December and is 3-3 in his last six fights. With Moicano looking to climb the rankings, number 7 ranked 35-year-old Lamas would make for an interesting test.

Rose Namajunas (8-3-0)

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In her first defense of the UFC strawweight title, Rose Namajunas proved that her first victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk was no fluke, picking up a unanimous decision victory after an entertaining 5 round battle.

While Jedrzejczyk remains convinced that she did enough to win the fight, it is time for Rose to move on from the dominant former champion and focus on building a legacy of her own. Jessica Andrade (18-6-0) is the next logical contender for the title and would present an interesting challenge for the champion. Andrade has the ground skills to test Rose with seven of her 18 victories coming via submission. With Claudia Gadhela and Karolina Kowalkiewicz both also looking for another crack at the title, there are no shortage of options for “Thug” Rose over the coming months.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0-0)

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After perhaps the most dramatic fight week on record, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision to claim the UFC lightweight championship. Khabib could be forgiven for being a little less than his absolute best considering Iaquinta was the fourth opponent scheduled to face him in just over a week. Despite this, the 29-year-old never really looked troubled by Iaquinta and finally captured the belt he has coveted for so long.

Post fight, Khabib suggested a match up with all time great Georges St.Pierre. As fun as that fight would be, talk naturally turned to Conor McGregor (21-3-0). Considering the events of fight week and the genuine tension which exists between them, no opponent makes more sense for Khabib right now than the Irishman. Speaking about the prospect of facing McGregor in the octagon, the new champion confirmed that he was eager to make it happen.

“I hope he’s gonna fight. We have to fight. Make world tour everywhere, Tokyo, Moscow, Dublin, Los Angeles, Rio. Big world tour, promote this fight, and fight end of the year, biggest arena in the world, Madison Square Garden. Why not? Or maybe in Zaire or Philippines. Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter, I’m here. He want to become lightweight champion? He have to fight with me. Now, no more this all fake champions. You guys remember when he put tweet, ‘Beg me.’ Please, beg me.

“We have to finish this. It’s going to be very big fight. It’s going to be very big fight, I think. Let’s go. I am ready for this. November, September in Moscow, November in New York. Any time. Let’s go. Let’s fight in Africa or somewhere. I am here.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor in Africa for the UFC lightweight title? Who doesn’t want to see that?

Breaking News: Conor McGregor released on $50k bail – court date set for June

Conor McGregor appeared in court this afternoon to face charges of assault and criminal mischief in connection to the events which unfolded last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Bail for McGregor was set at $50,000 which was paid by his team mate Dillon Danis, who arrived at the court house to support his friend this morning.

Under the terms of his bail agreement, McGregor is free to leave the United States and travel without restriction. The Irishman must return to court on June 14th for the next hearing in the case. The 29-year-old Irishman left the courthouse following the hearing accompanied by his personal body guard.

Full video of this afternoons court hearing can be found below.

 

Criminal charges aside, the UFC lightweight champion will doubtless face further punishment from the New York State Athletic Commission and the UFC. This could potentially include fines, suspension, the stripping of his title, revocation of his fighting license and possibly even his release from the promotion who once held him in such high esteem.