Paulie Malignaggi made some explosive comments on Monday evening speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour.
Having sensationally quit Conor McGregor’s training camp last week due to photos of sparring sessions being posted online, Paulie Malignaggi has been incredibly outspoken about his negative experiences with the Irishman.
The former two-time world champion has posted countless tweets about McGregor in recent days and now, he seems to be on some sort of interview spree slating the Dublin fighter at every available opportunity.
However, although his comments were initially focused on the UFC champion’s boxing ability, Malignaggi has become increasingly personal this week with the retired boxer now claiming that McGregor is both a ‘d*ckhead’ and an ‘assh*le’.
Not just throwing the insults around aimlessly however, Malignaggi explained the exact moment when he knew the Irishman’s personality didn’t meet his approval while speaking with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
Giving a blow by blow account of their second sparring session, Malignaggi then told the story [per MMA Fighting] of a private conversation with McGregor that made him realize the 29-year-old ‘was a d*ckhead’.of
“After that [second] sparring, I thought we had buried the hatchet,” he said.
“We took a picture in the ring. Everybody gave us a hand. We just did 12 hard rounds, it didn’t matter who got the better of it, there is a respect thing after you spend 36 minutes in a ring with a guy and you’re trying to beat the s**t out of each other.
“In the dressing room I passed by Conor and he said ‘good work’ and I said ‘yeah, good work Conor.’ I thought we had buried the hatchet and I was thinking that maybe I didn’t need to be so on-edge in the camp anymore. I was hoping that because I had came with those intentions.”
“Then I said, ‘Conor, do me a favor, bro. No more of these crazy pictures,’” Malignaggi said. “The week before, when I was working at Broner/Garcia, the media was there for the fight week because that was a big fight in boxing. All everybody wanted to know about was these pictures.
“I told Conor that it becomes very hard for me to not disclose the NDA [non-disclosure agreement] that I have when you’re putting up pictures of me.”
“I am not one of the other sparring partners. Nobody knows who the other sparring partners are. Everyone knows who I am. When you put up a picture of me in sparring, the media rush comes to me and I have to answer questions that I don’t want to deal with.
“I have to try and make you look good. I want you to look good. I want to say things that make you look good. I want to promote you and help you out, but not at my expense.
“I also have to try and figure how to do it without making myself look bad now because you’re putting out me in compromising positions with these pictures.
“I had this conversation with Conor after the second sparring in the dressing room and this is probably when I realized what a dickhead this guy is because at that moment we had just done 12 hard rounds and there’s a respect that I’m feeling, at least.”
“He looks at me, and I’m expecting, ‘you’re right, Paulie – you got it, let’s just keep this good work going.’
“Instead, he looks at me and he gives me this smirk, laughs at me and he starts walking away from me.
“He gives me his back, he’s walking away towards the showers and he’s like, ‘Ha ha, I don’t know Paulie. We got some good ones in those last two rounds. I don’t know about that.’
“At this stage I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to walk into the dressing rooms and tell me I got Punk’d. I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way this guy is that much of an asshole.”
Check out Malignaggi discussing the second sparring session and his private conversation with McGregor in the clip below.