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Paulie Malignaggi Goes After Ben Askren & Chael Sonnen

Paulie Malignaggi has taken aim at two of MMA’s most outspoken athletes after the pair made comments about boxing in the wake of BKFC 6’s main-event.

Artem Lobov left the world of combat sports in a collective state of shock when he managed to get his hand raised against the former champion boxer Malignaggi after five rounds in the bareknuckle boxing ring.

As a result, it came as no surprise when several prominent members of the mixed martial arts community took the opportunity to have a dig at the boxing world – with usual suspects Chael Sonnen and Ben Askren among the most vocal.

Chael used his official YouTube Askren took to his official Instagram to muse over what he had learned from the somewhat baffling clash of worlds.

“How can a guy like that, who’s not even great at standup in mixed martial arts, go to beat a guy who was a world champion in boxing?

“And the answer to me seems that people who box must just not be that good at boxing.”

Speaking in a recent interview with Counter Punch Boxing in the wake of the comments, Paulie Malignaggi challenged both men to test themselves inside the squared circle.

“Literally, if you listen to any of their analysis, you got Chael Sonnen talking about how boxing is not a sport, this guy just walked in and beat me. Chael, cuz, you not that old, bro. Go and do it. Go and do it, bro. Go and do it. Go fight any light heavyweight in the world.

“Ben Askren, the same shit. I did it with one hand. I did it with half a hand. And I did it bare knuckle. Go and do it. Go put on gloves if it’s not that hard.

“Because you know we make more than you guys. You know we get paid more than you. You know that already. So come in. Come and do it, cuz! It’s that easy? Go make your money!”

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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