Sunday 25 February 2018

WATCH: Dana White releases footage of Conor McGregor knocking down Paul Malignaggi in sparring session

Conor McGregor sparring with Paul Malignaggi
Conor McGregor sparring with Paul Malignaggi

Harry Clarke

Dana White has released the footage every fight fan wanted to see.

Conor McGregor and former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi had a much-publicised falling out recently. Malignaggi quit the camp after he felt he was set up by McGregor when photographs showing him sprawled on the canvas were leaked online.

The former two-weight world champion then said McGregor "whimpered like a girl" when he was caught in the stomach during the sparring session and added that he basically "ass-whipped" the Notorious.

Malignaggi insisted he was not knocked down by McGregor, instead saying it was a push down. The McGregor camp were adamant the footage would reveal all when it is released after the Mayweather fight.

But the timeline changed overnight, with UFC chief Dana White posting two videos on Twitter.

Malignaggi was quick to defend himself, maintaining that the full footage will prove that he dished out an "ass beating" to McGregor.

"Ya, I mean even tonights highlights showed what I and already said,  as a whole he got his ass beat that session but never will they release," tweeted Malignaggi.

"That one there shows I'm already on way down from push down behind my neck. Can't convince groupies, we gonna see full footage after fight?"

Malignaggi also suggested the video was cut before the referee stated it was not a knockdown while admitting rounds 11 and 12 were not good for him.

"If it's a knockdown I would admit. I had already admitted 11 n 12 were no good for me. I also stand by the 36 min as a whole tho.

"Watch right hand drag me behind my neck, hes also a southpaw so it's draggin me toward his lead foot that I trip over, have push half trip."

Speaking to ESPN, McGregor insisted Malignaggi's friends were concerned after the sparring session.

"He tried his best, but he got his ass whopped," McGregor said. "Tell me how his face looked. Tell me how his temple looked. He was badly, badly concussed after those rounds. Badly rattled. He was flattened and knocked down. The ropes kept him up multiple times.

"Sparring partners who were [staying] in the house with him were worried about him. They were ringing us, worried about him stumbling out of the car, incoherent.

"I don't know what happened. At the end of the day, we got in and traded blows, so I respect him for coming in. It didn't go well for him. I don't know why he sprinted out of there. His ego was dented."

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