There's another controversy involving Conor McGregor and a sparring partner.
Last month, there were claims McGregor had been knocked out in training.
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Perhaps to push back against that, photos of Conor inflicting pain and standing over his latest sparring partner -- former welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi -- have leaked.
Check them out:
Umm you missed the most important one... pic.twitter.com/2s1TMTQlTk— DB (@NotoriousDB23) August 3, 2017
Malignaggi didn't appreciate the implication:
Its not nice 2 paint a pic that isn't true, this was a pushdown in sparring, post the whole video rounds 1 through 12 UNEDITED https://t.co/R82BLiMMVm— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
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.— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now your gonna get the truth though. Post FULL UNEDITED VIDEO FROM TUES night #Ethics— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
I actually beat his ass, 24 hrsoff a flight 2 lol, which is why Im saying post the vid, I try not 2 be petty but seems it's late 4 that now. https://t.co/vSE2Iw4ffM— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
Hate to say it but it's clear when I look back at my time there that there was an agenda from the start, too many clues. https://t.co/dxjLvu3Oyt— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
In a statement to CBS Sports, the 36-year old says he will no longer be sparring with McGregor.
"I just wanted to clear the air. I am leaving the McGregor training camp today," Malignaggi said on Thursday. "I came with the best intentions and intended to help out. Just the chance to be part of such a big event in this capacity excited me. "I believe Conor and I have a mutual respect inside the ring, earned from each other with some good work over two sparring sessions. It's some of the stuff outside the ring and some ways some things were handled in training camp that I didn't agree with that made me come to this decision. "It's not my place to dictate terms in a training camp that is not mine, but it's my place to decide if I want to be part of it."
Do you believe that Malignaggi really beat Conor's ass?