Conor McGregor returned to the spotlight Friday night for a special fan-friendly Q&A session in Germany.
After nearly a month absent from media and the combat world, McGregor finally broke his silence on many topics, including that rivalry still brewing with boxing’s Paulie Malignaggi.
Much like Conor’s head coach warned us, the UFC lightweight champion really wants to fight the boxer in the Octagon.
Now Conor McGregor himself has proclaimed just as much in a new statement to his fans.
Taking to the event in Germany, McGregor used Paulie words against him when he said, ‘Paulie, bring your balls and come fight me in MMA.’
Malignaggi retired from combat earlier this year, but has also been open about returning to sport for a chance to settle the score with McGregor. It all started over the footage that was released during the buildup to McGregor’s mega-fight with boxing star Floyd Mayweather last month.
“It’s not nice to paint a pic that isn’t true, this was a pushdown in sparring, post the whole video rounds 1 through 12 UNEDITED…the UFC PI has cameras all over the gym recording 24/7. The video exists UNEDITED of rounds 1 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 TUES night…I actually beat his ass, 24 hours off a flight too lol, which is why I’m saying post the vid. I try not to be petty but seems it’s late for that now…I did interview BECAUSE of the pics, I’m not your average sparring partner. You post pics with me, media will hound me, I’ve said stop with pics…Only his personal photographers allowed in the gym. Don’t just invent your own reality of things because it’s how you wish it to be buddy.”
Paulie ranks high among Conor’s next opponent options, which consists of Nate Diaz, Canelo Alvarez and the winner of next week’s Ferguson vs. Lee event.
A reporter on scene also confirms Conor’s ambitions.
McGregor tells Paulie Malignaggi to bring his balls and come to MMA
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