Conor: ‘Paulie was concussed, could barely walk … That’s why he really left’

UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor has revealed information about what happened during his sparring sessions with former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi.

On Friday, McGregor hosted a media day at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. While talking to the media, McGregor claimed that Malignaggi was concussed following their last sparring session.

“The spars were not good for him,” McGregor said. “He took a lot of head trauma. Straight after it, we were worried. The sparring partners were actually telling us that, when he was dropped back at home, he was stumbling out of the car after the 12 rounder.

“He was knocked down. He was flattened against the ropes multiple times. At times the ropes kept him on his feet. We were worried about him. We thought the worst was about to happen. He was certainly badly concussed. And then he just got out of there and went running.”

McGregor is currently in a training camp for his professional boxing debut. In two weeks, on Aug. 26, McGregor will fight boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather in Las Vegas.