Conor McGregor was responding to Paulie Malignaggi’s recent claims that his camp had leaked ‘untrue’ pictures of him getting knocked down while sparring.
Snaps of the pair in action released last week appeared to show Malignaggi hitting the canvas after going a few rounds with the Irishman.
The 36-year-old has claimed McGregor pushed him over, insisting it was not a knockdown and has asked for the unedited footage to be shared.
However, the UFC champ has denied Malignaggi’s version of events and said the American quit sparring because he was getting his ‘ass whooped’.
“He’s a guy that’s at the end of his career. I get the feeling he feels the boxing game has betrayed him now he’s retired,” McGregor told MMA Fighting.
“I don’t know what he was expecting coming in here after speaking what he was speaking.
“I didn’t disrespect him. I only released one picture. I didn’t release no f***ing connecting-to-the-face shots. I didn’t release no footage of him getting slapped around because he got slapped around. He got badly, badly slapped around.
“The ropes kept him up multiple times, he was badly concussed, the sparring partners who were in the house that night were worried about him saying he was incoherent, he was stumbling. It didn’t go good for him.
“Respect coming in and trying his best but he got his ass whooped and he got his ego dinted and off he went out the door.
“In my mind it was concussion talk… you think a certain situation happened and it didn’t. I don’t know, he got his ass whooped the poor boy.
“He’s a disgruntled guy who got his ego dinted.”
After the snaps of Malignaggi on the canvas were released, the American wrote on Twitter: “It’s not nice to paint a pic that isn’t true.
“The UFC PI has cameras all over the gym recording 24/7.
“The video exists unedited of rounds one through 12, Tuesday night, let the fans see.
“I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now you’re gonna get the truth though.
“Post full, unedited video from Tuesdat night #Ethics.”
He has since deleted the tweets and released a formal statement.
Source : EXPRESS