Right after it was announced that Paulie Malignaggi signed a deal to fight for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, the former world champion called out former UFC champion Conor McGregor.
Malignaggi called out McGregor on Twitter about fighting in a bare knuckle boxing fight, where rounds are two minutes each, calling the two division UFC titleholder a "coward." Malignaggi is expected to make his BKFC debut in June at a location to be announced in the future.
McGregor and Malignaggi have a complicated history together as the two had an infamous sparring session in 2017 as McGregor was preparing to face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing fight later that year. After the sparring session, the two fighters would have an ongoing feud over social media that is still going on to this dat.
But Twitter wasn't the only social media platform Malignaggi would continue his trash talk. On Instagram, Malignaggi extended his call-out to the entire MMA community, challenging them to step over to BKFC.
Malignaggi is a two-division world champion, having held the IBF junior welterweight title from 2007 to 2008 and then the WBA welterweight title from 2012 to 2013. The 38-year-old Malignaggi retired after a knockout loss to Sam Eggington back in 2017.