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Dana White: Conor McGregor gave Paulie Malignaggi '1-way beating' for 12 rounds

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UFC President Dana White denies Paulie Malignaggi’s claim that the released sparring footage with Conor McGregor was manipulated.

Not only that, but White insisted Malignaggi has fabricated his entire story about how sparring rounds with “The Notorious” unfolded ahead of McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) Aug. 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing).

The UFC boss apparently witnessed everything that went down in person, and he told SkySports.com during a Monday interview that the published clips were just a fraction of what really unfolded in the gym.

“What am I, Steven Spielberg? Come on,” White said. “It’s footage of the actual sparring. Let me tell you what: I was there for all 12 rounds, and Paulie has said some crazy things and bad things about me. I felt sorry for the guy. It was a one-way beating. A lot of people said Conor couldn’t box. Paulie was obviously lying about everything he said about the sparring match, so I released it.”

After spending roughly a week with McGregor’s camp, a furious Malignaggi made a sudden exit when some unflattering sparring photos surfaced online. One photo in particular showed Malignaggi down on the canvas with McGregor looking over him from a distance.

The photo immediately sparked debate about whether it was a true knockdown, and Malignaggi insisted it was merely a “push down.” A few days later, White published roughly 22 seconds of footage from a 12-round sparring session between the pair, a portion of which showed the moment in question.

The debate about what exactly happened is still ongoing. Malignaggi told MMAjunkie Radio on Monday that he wasn’t pleased with White’s decision to show the material from inside the gym to the world. However, he said that’s simply another example of White’s character.

“Dana robs the UFC fighters blind,” Malignaggi said. “I’ve never met an MMA fighter that actually likes Dana or had anything good to say. I’m still looking for one. When Dana comes up in conversation, I’ve yet to hear anybody say, ‘Wow, that guy’s great.’ Or, ‘That guy treats us so good.’ Or, ‘That guy’s a good guy.’

“This isn’t a Disney movie, my friend. This is real life. Aug 26, this isn’t a Disney movie. Across the ring, you’ve got Floyd Mayweather, and he knows what he’s doing.”

Malignaggi has challenged White and McGregor’s camp to release the entirety of the sparring footage to prove which side truly got the best of the other. White said he’s willing to make that happen, but McGregor doesn’t want an extensive look at his techniques and tactics getting out to the public, and in turn, to his opponent Mayweather.

“I got no problem releasing the full tape,” White said. “The problem is Conor doesn’t want Mayweather to see everything that he’s doing and everything he’s been working on. Those were just some small clips.”

Malignaggi-McGregor feud has sparked discussion about a potential fight between the two once the Irishman handles his business with Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas later this month. Malignaggi said he’d like it to happen on St. Patrick’s Day of next year, but White doesn’t seem keen on allowing the UFC’s reigning lightweight champ to venture into another boxing match.

White has said numerous times that McGregor’s fight after Mayweather will come under the UFC banner. He also said he’s already seen 12 rounds of work between McGregor and Malignaggi, and doesn’t need to witness more.

“It was very one-sided,” White said. “It was an absolute beating. Guess what: I think it was the right for Paulie Malignaggi to definitely leave, for his health’s sake.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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TheUnchosenOne
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You couldn't find 10 consecutive seconds to release of a "12-round beating"?
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Floyd Will Win Boxing Match, but How About a 'Real' Fight Against McGregor?

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The sports world will probably end up having some fun at Conor McGregor's expense Aug. 26.

If the betting odds, historical precedent and nearly every fight analyst alive are correct, McGregor's quest to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't end well for the plucky mixed martial artist. The overwhelming likelihood is that McGregor gets pieced-up badly by the greatest boxer of his generation that Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In an age where fans watch sports as much to live-tweet snarky comments as bask in the athletic greatness, it's also easy to imagine McGregor as the butt of a few (thousand) internet memes. The sheer size of the media circus around this bout demands it.

But while popular culture crowds around to point and laugh at the reigning UFC lightweight champion's folly, it's useful to remember one thing: Mayweather will win this boxing match, but McGregor would dominate him in nearly any other kind of fight.

In fact, holding this bout under strict Marquess of Queensberry rules is Mayweather's only chance to win.

If it were an MMA match? McGregor obviously takes that.

A kickboxing fight? McGregor wins that, too.

A grappling match? McGregor.

A "real" no-rules street fight in one of the dojo basements or boat salvage yards where Kimbo Slice made his name? McGregor all the way.

"That would be suicide for Floyd Mayweather Jr. [...]," former WBO super-middleweight boxing champion Chris Eubank told Joe.co.uk's Darragh Murphy recently. "You're fit for boxing, you're not fit for mixed martial arts or street fights or no-holds-barred fights. Conor McGregor would destroy him. There's no discussion with that."

The Notorious One has spent the last nine years compiling a professional MMA record of 21-3. In November 2016, he became the first fighter ever to simultaneously hold two championships in two different UFC weight classes after he jumped from 145 to 155 pounds and knocked out then-champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

While ascending to the upper echelon of MMA, McGregor has cultivated an overall skill set far more diverse and nuanced than the one Mayweather uses to win his boxing matches.

While primarily known as a heavy-handed southpaw striker, McGregor is also a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under coach John Kavanagh. In order go to 9-1 in UFC competition since 2013, he's had to defeat a set of opponents that included NCAA All-American wrestler Chad Mendes, decorated kickboxer Dennis Siver, and BJJ black belts Diego Brandao and Jose Aldo (though, admittedly, the latter took only 13 seconds).

McGregor's only slip-up in the UFC to date was a submission loss to Nate Diaz in a welterweight fight in March 2016, but he battled back to defeat Diaz in their rematch by majority decision less than six months later.

Any contest that allowed for more than just pure boxing would let McGregor turn those skills loose on Mayweather, who has none of the same diversity in his arsenal. McGregor could easily take him to the ground and submit him if he chose, or he could use his vaunted kicking game to stay out of punching range and punish Mayweather to the legs, body and head.

"That thing would be over real quick [...]," UFC President Dana White told Jimmy Kimmel during a recent TV appearance, about how an MMA fight between Mayweather and McGregor would go. "Floyd would take a couple of leg kicks, and that would be the end of that."

By McGregor's own estimation, it would take him "less than 30 seconds to wrap around [Mayweather] like a boa constrictor and strangle him," as he told Esquire's Chris Jones back in April 2015.

So, as Mayweather blows the Irishman out of the water inside the squared circle later this month, it will be instructive to remember that McGregor will always be the better all-around fighter.

"What you're doing is you're putting Conor McGregor into a situation where he's holding back nine-tenths of his arsenal [...]" former professional boxer and current MMA fighter Heather Hardy said, according to Business Insider's Scott Davis. "If both of those guys got in a fight on the street, McGregor would whup his ass."

Why, then, would the 29-year-old Dublin native thrust himself into certain destruction, facing Mayweather in the only kind of bout where the recently retired 40-year-old pugilist has every advantage?

Partly, it's because Mayweather calls the shots here. It's also because—as White likes to say—McGregor is just a wild man.

Mostly, though, it's all about the money.

The economics of combat sports dictate that boxing Mayweather is the only way for McGregor to set his family up for generations to come.

In MMA, where McGregor is unquestionably the biggest star, athletes earn far less than top-of-the-food-chain boxers. Even as the UFC's highest-paid athlete, McGregor banked just $3 million in reported base salary for his rematch with Diaz at UFC 202—and that fight became the UFC's biggest seller of all time on pay-per-view.

Compare that with Mayweather, who made over $220 million to fight Manny Pacquiao in 2015, and it becomes apparent why McGregor would want to strap on a pair of boxing gloves and sign up for a sure-fire beating.

McGregor may make $75-100 million for his trouble, per Forbes' Brian Mazique, and that could convince anyone that a punches-only bout against one of the greatest of all time is a good idea.

"[I'm] about to quadruple my net worth with half a fight," McGregor said during the last stop on the promotional world tour he did alongside Mayweather last month. "I'm in shock every single day I wake up. Half a fight, I get to quadruple my net worth for half a f--king fight. Sign me up."

McGregor could never do that fighting exclusively in MMA—where it is believed promoters keep the largest portion of the profits. A 2015 report by Bloody Elbow's John S. Nash estimated that UFC athletes are paid somewhere between 13 and 16 percent of total revenue, while the fight company pockets most of the rest.

McGregor may have single-handedly boosted those percentages in recent years after participating in four of the promotion's top five all-time biggest PPVs. But as long as that estimated 85-15 split exists, it will be impossible for an MMA athlete to make Mayweather money.

Throughout his meteoric rise to the top of mixed-rules fighting, McGregor has been nothing if not money-conscious. Besides his Mack truck left hand and Hall of Fame gift of gab, it's his defining characteristic.

You can't blame him for looking around the fight-sports landscape for the most lucrative opportunity. It's just that to make it happen, he had to enter this classic Faustian bargain—get beat up playing Mayweather's game but become filthy rich in the process.

The rub for McGregor is that the irony may be lost on many casual fans. The fighter should be applauded for having the guts to cross over into boxing and take on one of the best in the world, but it doesn't seem likely that will be the overwhelming response to this fight.

Before we all get swept up in the hysteria, just keep repeating it quietly to yourself: Conor McGregor would beat Floyd Mayweather in any kind of fight…except the one the that two men will actually compete.

Then try to remember that as you're Photoshopping Crying Jordan Face over McGregor's gorilla chest tattoo.

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TheUnchosenOne
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In a real fight, Mayweather's crew would literally murder McGregor
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The environmental footprint of your pet is bigger than you think

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Bad news for environmentally conscious pet owners: cats’ and dogs’ eating habits are responsible for dumping as many as 64 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year — roughly the equivalent of driving over 13 million cars. That’s due to all the meat our furry friends gobble down, according to new research.

There are more than 163 million dogs and cats in the US, and they just love to eat. In fact, cats and dogs in the US consume about 19 percent as many calories as people do in the US, or about as much as 62 million Americans, according to a new study published in Plos One. Because much of that food is meat, and meat production is known to heavily contribute to climate change, our pets leave a pretty stark carbon...

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Don't feed your cat plant-based protein, jfc
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Colby Covington tells Dana White not to ‘worry’, has dirt on Tyron Woodley that could ‘ruin his life’

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UFC welterweight Colby Covington sounds off on Tyron Woodley for threatening to expose Dana White.

Despite being a former teammate and sparring partner, American Top Team’s Colby Covington sees UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley as ‘public enemy number one’.

Covington, 29, has accused ‘T-Wood’ of being mentally weak and, yesterday, after Covington got news of Woodley demanding an apology from Dana White, the top ten welterweight fired back on Twitter.

Woodley threatened to ‘leak’ some personal details about White if he didn’t get an apology, but Covington says he has dirt on the current champ that could ‘ruin his life’.

‘T-Wood’ has been bombarded with criticism over his lackluster title defense against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert Demian Maia at UFC 214. Woodley walked away with the unanimous decision but was slammed for his overly cautious fighting style. His fight against Maia set the record for the lowest number of strikes thrown in a five-round championship bout, and the defending champ was met with a chorus of boos in the post-fight interview.

Covington, who last fought at UFC Fight Night 111 where he beat Dong Hyun Kim, is clearly angling for a grudge match against Woodley. The No. 8 ranked welterweight contender is on a four-fight win streak and is doing his part to generate interest in a title fight against his former teammate.

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TheUnchosenOne
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This is just embarrassing for everyone involved
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Jon Jones-Brock Lesnar Bout -160 Favorite To Happen; Jones Opens At -350 As a Futures Bet

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Will Jon Jones meet Brock Lesnar in the Octagon within the next 12 months? The odds say yes.
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2 years ago I'd have taken this bet, but now? Eeehhhh
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Morning Report: Tyron Woodley: If GSP doesn’t fight me, by default I will be the best welterweight of all-time

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On Saturday evening in the co-main event of UFC 214, Tyron Woodley successfully defended his welterweight title against No. 1 contender Demian Maia. It was Woodley’s third defense of the belt and, in the tumultuous 170-pound division, now leaves him without a clear-cut challenger waiting in line.

Well, at least not one who is interested in fighting him.

For the past year, welterweight GOAT Georges St-Pierre has been preparing to make his return to the UFC, but the former 170-pound champion still has his sights set on a 185-pound title clash against Michael Bisping instead of returning to the division he once lorded over. After Woodley’s uninspiring performance against Maia on Saturday, UFC President Dana White reversed his decision on making St-Pierre fight Woodley, and instead says that the UFC is now looking to book St-Pierre vs. Bisping for UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

In the post-fight press conference for UFC 214, Woodley reacted to this news, claiming that St-Pierre is doing everything he can not to face him and that if St-Pierre continues to duck him, he will become the greatest welterweight of all time “by default.”

“[St-Pierre] should have to fight me. If you are the best welterweight of all time, you’re gonna come back into the sport and go up a weight class? I guarantee you if Demian Maia would have won, he would have been talking about fighting Demian Maia. I guarantee if Stephen Thompson would have won, he’d have been looking to fight Stephen Thompson. He doesn’t want to fight me because I’m a better version of him.

“When was the last time Michael Bisping fought? Think about it. I fought four world title fights against actual No. 1 contenders. Has he ever fought a No. 1 contender? I fought the No. 1 contender twice. I fought the No. 1 contender after that. And I fought the world champion who was Robbie Lawler at the time before that. I’m the only one that’s going by the old set of rules. So if it’s not Georges St-Pierre, let him run. But guess what? Whoever you put in front of me, I’m gonna run through them, I’m gonna beat them, and if he does not fight me, by default I will be the best welterweight of all-time.”

Woodley makes some strong points. Since winning the title last year at UFC 201, the welterweight champion has defended his belt twice against number one contender Stephen Thompson before his Saturday defense over number one contender Demian Maia. At the time he first faced them, both men were on seven-fight winning streaks and the clearly deserving of title shots. Meanwhile, since Bisping won the middleweight title at UFC 199, he has defended his belt only once, against the then thirteenth ranked Dan Henderson who was on a one fight winning streak.

Woodley insists that the way forward should be obvious: Bisping hasn’t defended the title against any No. 1 contenders and there is currently an interim champion in his division he should have to defend against. Meanwhile, there is no obvious next challenger for Woodley, and if St-Pierre wants to return to fighting, he would be more than deserving of a chance to reclaim the title he retired with.

“The clarity should just be Georges. I don’t understand, you have an interim title right? Robert Whittaker just beat Yoel Romero. . . He deserves to fight Bisping next. How long is Bisping going to milk this knee injury? Is his knee severed or what the hell is going on? He should be fighting the No. 1 contenders like I’ve had to do.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. UFC 214 happened on Saturday and these are the results.

WWE. Jon Jones is confident he can defeat Brock Lesnar in superfight.

Bus throw. Dana White criticizes Tyron Woodley’s title defense over Demian Maia.

GSP. Bisping vs. GSP is back to being targeted, now for UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

$$$. Anthony Johnson says he is not considering returning to MMA at the moment.


VIDEO STEW

UFC 214 Post-Fight Show.

All-Access MayMac, first episode.

Cerrone wanting that Diaz rematch.

Strange brand for Felice Herrig to develop, but go with what works.


LISTEN UP

6th Round. Immediate post-fight thoughts on UFC 214.

Luke Thomas. UFC 214 post-fight reaction.

Bushido Talk. UFC 214 afterthoughts.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

214 aftermath.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Michael Bisping (30-7) vs. Georges St-Pierre (25-2); UFC 217, Nov. 4.

Claudia Gadelha (15-2) vs. Jessica Andrade (16-6); UFC Fight Night: Japan, Sept. 22.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2013: Michael Chandler knocked out David Rickels in 44 seconds at Bellator 97 to retain his lightweight title. In the co-main event, Ben Askren stopped Andrey Koreshkov with punches in the fourth round to retain his welterweight title.


FINAL THOUGHTS

What a weekend. Much respect to Daniel Cormier. He had a great plan, fought as hard as he could, wanted it so damn much, but in the end, it just didn’t matter. Jon Jones is probably better at inflicting hand-to-hand violence on human beings than anyone ever in history. Cormier will probably never get the full respect he deserves but he’s the second-best light heavyweight ever and probably a top-10 fighter all-time. He just has the bad fortune of competing in the same weight class, at the same time as one of, if not the very best ever. Can’t wait to see DC at heavyweight though. I think he can beat anyone up there now.

It’s good to be back everyone. For those of you who hate me, sorry. For those who don’t, thanks! And don’t look now but we’ve still got fights ahead of us with Fight Night Mexico City on Saturday which may, potentially, create the next contender for Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight title (assuming he beats Borg). Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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TheUnchosenOne
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This is an extremely bad argument
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