Video shows McGregor's impressive sparring (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS — Two short videos obtained by Yahoo Sports show UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor sparring with former super lightweight and welterweight boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi, and in one McGregor drops Malignaggi with a punch and catches him with a clean straight left hand.

A controversy erupted last week when Malignaggi left McGregor’s Las Vegas training camp and returned home to New York when a picture of their sparring leaked on the Internet. Malignaggi was helping McGregor prepare for his Aug. 26 mega-bout against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather.

The still photo appeared to show Malignaggi dropped by a McGregor punch. Malignaggi was angry and said he had controlled the sparring and that McGregor had violated protocol by releasing the image.

McGregor said he did not release the photo that led to the controversy and had only released a photo of himself with both hands behind his back as he was sparring Malignaggi. He said he did that because Malignaggi had previously said he could beat McGregor with one hand tied behind his back.

The clip of the knockdown video is 10 seconds. In it, McGregor, wearing the black headgear with his back to the canvas, lands a left hand as they’re fighting in the center of the ring. They were fighting in close and McGregor lands a short right behind the left as Malignaggi tumbled to the canvas.

The second video is 14 seconds left. About 10 seconds into it, McGregor lands a strong straight right hand that snaps Malignaggi’s head back. Malignaggi is wearing the yellow head gear.

McGregor then follows that with a combination as Malignaggi stumbles into the ropes.

In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in July, Malignaggi acknowledge McGregor hit hard.

“He’s got some pop in the left hand, I can’t take that away from him,” Malignaggi told Okamoto.

But relations between the two broke down and Malignaggi ripped McGregor several times. McGregor dismissed Malignaggi out of hand on Friday.

“It shows the weakness; it shows his character, in my opinion,” McGregor said of Malignaggi’s criticisms. “He was looking for an exit. The spars were not good for him. He took a lot of head trauma. Straight after, we were worried. The sparring partners were actually telling us when he was struck by the left hand, he was actually stumbling around going to his car out in the parking lot. He was knocked down. He was flattened against the ropes. Multiple times, the ropes kept him on his feet.

“We were worried about him and thought the worst was about to happen to him. He was certainly badly concussed.”

To be sure, the video is only sparring, and a brief clip of sparring at that, but it does at least back up McGregor’s contention.

Malignaggi, who is supposed to commentate on the pay-per-view broadcast for Showtime, hasn’t spoken after an initial series of interviews because Showtime recommended he stop doing interviews.

But the ball is in his court now.

Views: 4
Author: Regular Articles
Tell a friend
Average rating:
(0 votes)
Average rating from Reviews:
(0 votes)

Today's Research Reports on Stocks to Watch: Kinross Gold Corporation and Freeport-McMoran

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 17, 2017 / Shares of Freeport-McMoRan plowed ahead in Wednesday trading despite a flash flood at its Indonesia business unit not only causing extensive damage to... Read More

Buy Freeport-McMoRan Inc (FCX) Stock on the Copper Pop

Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) jumped higher by nearly 6% on Wednesday, and credit for that lies in large part to rising copper prices. While the broad market recovery was taking a breather,... Read More

Flash floods hit Freeport Indonesia's mining operations

Flash floods have left one worker missing and caused extensive damage to a power plant at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia's operations in the eastern-most province of Papua, company... Read More

The Consumer's Guide to Essure Birth Control

Ruth Wilson says it was a group of women she found on Facebook that helped her trace the bizarre symptoms she was experiencing—severe migraines, inexplicable weight gain, the constant taste of me... Read More

How to Keep Your Car Organized — For Good

Moms' motto: Always be prepared, right? Jen Jones' genius tactic for handling the daily carpool makes that a cinch. Read More

Set Your Kids Up for Back-to-School Health

Getting children ready to head back to class often brings a flurry of activity: ticking items off the classroom supply list, checking the school calendar for key dates, and picking up new clothes... Read More

Salma Hayek: Big roles still elusive as hot year continues with 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'

Two years ago, Salma Hayek bemoaned her status with major Hollywood studios, telling the Associated Press, “I think they don’t want me, but I don’t really care.” Since getting that gripe off her... Read More

'It' eyes huge $50 million-plus opening in early box-office tracking

Stephen King adaptation could reach numbers typically reserved for summer blockbusters when it debuts Sept. 8. Read More

International 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer Features Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

If you stayed for the credits of last year's “Doctor Strange,” you may remember Thor requesting the help of the magician. Well, wouldn’t you know it — that wasn‘t the superheroes’ last encounter. Read More

Trump: Keep our 'beautiful' Confederate monuments

“The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” the president tweeted. Read More

Here are the ‘beautiful’ Confederate monuments Trump wants to stay put

A Confederate monument is toppled in Durham, N.C., others are vandalized as municipal leaders in cities across the U.S. said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces. Read More

Trump reacts to Barcelona terror by touting (debunked) anti-Muslim war crime tale

President Trump responded to the news of a terrorist attack in Spain by peddling a debunked legend about a general’s harsh tactics more than a century ago. Read More

What post-ISIS Iraq can do for peace

The collapse of Islamic State (ISIS) strongholds in Iraq is proving to be more than a military victory over terrorists. The two-year battle against the militant sectarian group has also awakened... Read More

Meet the Raging Grannies, Portland's not-so-secret warriors for civility

One of the most beloved social activist groups in this Pacific Northwest city, they are the Raging Grannies. “Grannying is the least understood and most powerful weapon we have,” says Granny Rose... Read More

After brinkmanship, a diplomatic opening with North Korea

For more than two decades, North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them long distances has prompted recurring international crises. Sudden bursts of heightened... Read More