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Conor McGregor offered 'winner-takes-all' bare-knuckle boxing fight by old foe Paulie Malignaggi… who sparred with Irishman before Floyd Mayweather bout in 2017

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 20/09/2019 Alec Fenn For Mailonline
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Conor McGregor has been offered a 'winner takes all' bare knuckle boxing bout by his bitter foe Paulie Malignaggi.

Tension has simmered between the pair ever since Malignaggi sparred McGregor in the build up to the Irishman's boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2017.

McGregor released pictures and video clips in the aftermath of their sessions which appeared to show him giving Malignaggi serious punishment. 

Paulie Malignaggi has offered Conor McGregor a bare knuckle bout to settle their feud © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Paulie Malignaggi has offered Conor McGregor a bare knuckle bout to settle their feud

However, the former American boxer responded furiously to the release of the footage and has always denied being on the receiving end of a beating. 

Malignaggi has repeatedly called McGregor out for a boxing fight and fought the UFC star's training partner Artem Lobov in a bare knuckle bout in June, which he lost on points.

Despite claiming he'd retired form all forms of combat after that loss, he says he is now willing to return to bare knuckle fighting if he can land a fight with McGregor. 

McGregor hasn't fought since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited McGregor hasn't fought since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018

During another scathing assessment of his rival's talents on Talksport, he said: 'The thing that bothers Conor about me more than anything is the fact I pulled his card before everybody else realised it.

 'The whole having no guts and being a quitter. Nobody knew that and in the past few years all he's done is prove me right. I think he knew subliminally that I was always right about him and I think he didn't like it.

'I'd fight him winner takes all, I've said that for years. Whoever loses doesn't get a penny, I'd be all for that. In the Octagon he beats me, come on. We can do it bare-knuckle, we can do it boxing.'

Dana White holding a sign: UFC president Dana White has revealed he wants McGregor to fight in December in Las Vegas © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited UFC president Dana White has revealed he wants McGregor to fight in December in Las Vegas

Paulie Malignaggi facts

Age: 38

Nationality: American

Boxing record: 36-8-0

Titles:  WBO light welterweight title (2009) WBA welterweight title (2012)

Bare knuckle record: 1-1-0

  a man wearing a helmet: Malignaggi is still angry at McGregor releasing pictures of their sparring sessions in 2017 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Malignaggi is still angry at McGregor releasing pictures of their sparring sessions in 2017

After being defeated by Mayweather in their 2017 bout, McGregor took time out of UFC before returning to the octagon for a showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

McGregor was beaten in convincing fashion after tapping out in the fourth round of their contest following a submission by the Russian fighter.

McGregor hasn't fought since that defeat but suggested cryptically on Twitter this week that he could return before the end of the year, with a tweet that said: 'Dublin, December 14th'.

  Paulie Malignaggi in a boxing ring: Malignaggi recently lost to McGregor's training partner Artem Lobov in a bare knuckle bout © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Malignaggi recently lost to McGregor's training partner Artem Lobov in a bare knuckle bout

Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White also revealed on Friday that he is trying to put the 31-year-old on the UFC 245 card in Las Vegas on December 14. 

However, ahead of his return to the octagon, Malignaggi has questioned his credentials and says the former two-weight world champion is way past his sell-by date.

'He's a massive flop in general, he's a better salesman than he is a fighter. Has he ever defended a title in the UFC?' he added.

'What has he done. He's shot at 31 years old. At 31 years old I won my second world championship. You can't tell me the guy's shot at 31 years old? Come on.'

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