Dana White Releases Video of Knockdown From McGregor Sparring Session

By Staff  |  08/12/2017

Paulie Malignaggi knocked down by Conor McGregor

Paulie Malignaggi detailed his sparring sessions with Conor McGregor this week, after fallout with the camp over disparaging photos of him on his back.

He denied that he was knocked down during their sparring sessions, saying he both outworked McGregor and "beat his ass", while daring his camp to release the video.

Well, UFC president Dana White addressed worries that McGregor may not be able to survive in the ring against Mayweather... by releasing footage from Malignaggi's 12-round sparring session with McGregor. He also added that Floyd Mayweather will have a fight on his hands.

Check out the video below and be the judge.

McGregor, himself, addressed Malignaggi's claims during an interview with ESPN on Friday (Aug. 11), saying that the retired boxer quit because he was getting "whooped" during sessions.

"He tried his best, but he got his ass whupped," the UFC star 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," McGregor added. "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."

"In my opinion, this was the best thing for him," McGregor concluded. "He was looking for a way out. It presented itself and he dived all over it."

In the video released by White, McGregor appears to land a left hand shortly before Malignaggi goes down.

In the video, McGregor appears to land a left hand shortly before Malignaggi goes down. Malignaggi has since addressed the clip on Twitter, saying that McGregor's right hand can be seen pulling him to the canvas. He also challenged McGregor to release footage of all 12 rounds.

"Watch right hand drag me behind my back," Malignaggi tweeted. "He's also a southpaw, so it's dragging me toward his lead foot that I trip over. [Half] push, half trip."