Paulie Malignaggi, who is one of the biggest Conor McGregor detractors out there, watched the Irishman’s UFC 229 fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. While he can forgive McGregor for losing the fight — that’s the nature of the sport — he can’t forgive him for backtracking on his pre-fight trash talk in the middle of the fight, telling Nurmagomedov ‘it’s only business.’
“We win or we lose. That’s fine. And we go out as fighters, we go out as men, we go out with dignity,” Malignaggi told iFL TV (transcript via BloodyElbow). “That’s what competition is. But go out like a man. Don’t look to make contracts in the middle of the fight like ‘It was just business. Don’t hurt me. It was just business.’ You p*ssy.”
“I had my face falling off against [Miguel] Cotto,” he added. “I would rather you chop my head off than to give you the satisfaction of me crying to you like a b-tch in the middle of the fight, when we still got to fight. When we still got to come out the next round. You p-ssy motherf—r. It was unbelievable what a p-ssy move that was.”
“I don’t even like the guy, and I cringed for him when I saw that audio on my phone on social media when somebody sent it to me. Like ‘Ugh, God, what a p-ssy. Holy sh-t, he’s more of a p-ssy than even I could have thought.”
“Because I didn’t think he would say it out loud to the opponent. Who begs their opponent to take it easy on them in the middle of a fight? I haven’t heard of something like that in my life, to be honest. That was a first for me.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/22/2018.