Paulie Malignaggi’s issues with Conor McGregor are well documented, but it was his boss, UFC President Dana White, that the ex-boxing champion took issue with when speaking to MMAJunkie.
Boxing compadre Oscar De La Hoya recently got into the MMA promotion business, with his inaugural fight card being headlined by Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell last year.
Naturally, that led to quite a back-and-forth with White, one which isn’t likely to end any time soon.
Now it’s Malignaggi’s turn to have a go, and he had a similar problem to that which De La Hoya highlighted, namely White’s alleged treatment of his fighters.
“He’s such a dirtbag,” Malignaggi said regarding White on MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t know how nobody beat the shit out of him yet, honestly.
“I think he’s been fucking people forever. I’m not going to put anybody on the spot or mention names, but I have not met a single person that fought for Dana White that’s had anything good to say about Dana White.”
While the UFC boss was his main source of anger, he of course roped McGregor into proceedings, questioning how they have such a close relationship when the UFC allegedly took half of the Irishman’s purse for the lucrative Floyd Mayweather fight in 2017.
“I can’t really say I had a conversation with Conor Mcgregor about Dana White, but he’s the only guy I see chumming around with Dana White as a fighter,” he said.
“Which is ironic, because he got ass-raped more than anybody on that Mayweather fight by Dana. Half his money taken on the Mayweather fight by Dana White. Half his money.
“If I make $80 million, and you take 40 before I have to pay anybody else or anything? Buddy, we’re fighting. Like, I’m fighting you. And I’m definitely not going to chum around and be buddy-buddy with him.”
Malignaggi continued to use that particular verb to describe White’s actions towards McGregor, and is content to leave campaigning for a UFC fighter’s union to the roster itself, with the Showtime analyst aghast at how McGregor remains ‘backed’ by them despite his failure to use his ‘ability to help the other fighters’, and his friendship with the proverbial devil.