There is now video of Paulie Malignaggi getting punched hard by Conor McGregor during their sparring session.
UFC president Dana White posted two short videos of the sparring session the two had this past week. One of the videos showed Malignaggi getting punched repeatedly in the head and referee Joe Cortez stepping in to separate the two boxers when they briefly clinched.
The videos of the sparring session can be seen below.
After a photo of Malignaggi down on the canvas started circulating around social media, Malignaggi had been demanding that the full, unedited video of the 12-round sparring session be released. Malignaggi was a part of Showtime’s coverage of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor press tour. Malignaggi came in to help McGregor prepare for his upcoming boxing match against Mayweather. In response to the photo, the former world champion claimed he was pushed down to floor by McGregor.
Malignaggi wrote a series of tweets denying that he was knocked down by McGregor and insisted that he got pushed. He also wrote a scathing tweet to White.
Malignaggi, who retired from active competition several months ago, said he did not have much time to rest before the sparring session. Malignaggi has stated that he clearly won in their session, detailing his experience on The MMA Hour, but did admit that McGregor landed some good shots during their sessions.