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He's a scumbag! Paulie Malignaggi blasts Conor McGregor in explosive rant after sparring sessions

Mirror logo Mirror 8/08/2017 Martin Domin

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Paulie Malignaggi branded Conor McGregor a "dirtbag" and a "scumbag" as he opened up on his experience in the UFC star's training camp.

The former two-time world boxing champion sparred twice with McGregor as he prepares for his fight with Floyd Mayweather on August 26.

But he walked out of the Las Vegas camp after pictures were posted on social media which painted Malignaggi in an unfavourable light.

One in particular showed the American on the canvas after an apparent knockdown, but Malignaggi insisted it was the result of a push.

And in an extensive interview on The MMA Hour (which you can watch below), he said: "It's about ego, and I'm not an a**-kisser like the guys around him.


"It's all about status, he's a scumbag. It's all about who kisses his a** better."

Mallignaggi admitted McGregor got the better of the pair's first sparring session.

But he claimed the Irishman failed to show up for their second meeting.

And when he flew back into Las Vegas from New York the following week for the second part of camp, Malignaggi was told he would be sparring 12 rounds the next day.

He added: "I get to the gym the next day and he has all sorts of dignitaries there; [former UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertita, [UFC president] Dana White, and his agent.

"I couldn't even bring my trainer in and normally it was so private you had to leave your phone in a box.

"I thought, 'this guy is banking on stopping me tonight'. I was angry but I knew I'd come prepared.

"He got better from the first time to the second time but it's still new to him so the increments he's growing at are quite small. My reactions and timing started to come back so I got way better from the first one.

Credits: thenotoriousmma/Instagram © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: thenotoriousmma/Instagram "He did well for five rounds but from six on he became more hit-able. I'm trash talking all the time, telling him he can't hang with me, he's not used to these body shots. He stopped talking because he wanted to save his energy.

"He pushed me down during one of his worst rounds because he needed a break. I said 'there's no breaks here', and started hitting him to the body and he began to whimper. After 10 rounds I was spent but I did 11 and 12 because I said I would, and he came on stronger.

"I remember thinking he did show some character to come back the way he did, but if I had been as consistent as I had been, would he still have shown the same character? That's what I wanted to find out the next time."

But there was to be no third session.

Two days later, Malignaggi received a text telling him to be at the gym in 90 minutes time, but when he arrived, he was told he was no longer required, and he decided to leave the camp.

He added: "I've met a few scumbags in my life but this guy is one of the biggest dirtbags I've ever met in my life, bar none. I don't care if we never speak again. My life will be fine if I never see Conor McGregor again.

"I regret everything. I don't want to be famous in my life. In my 20s I did but everyone goes through that stage. I'm happy with what I have, I don't need to be famous and I didn't this to gain some social media followers.

"I wanted it to be a new experience, and to add to the book of memories in my mind. It's certainly in my book of memories but it wasn't the experience I wanted it to be."

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