Dana White Reveals Controversial Knockdown from Conor McGregor vs. Paulie Malignaggi Sparring

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The gambling public still really likes Conor McGregor's chances against Floyd Mayweather in their August 26 boxing match, or at least likes the odds the Irish MMA champion is getting as a heavy, heavy underdog.

"He's a scumbag", Malignaggi said of McGregor. The sparring partners that were in the house with him were anxious that night, saying he's incoherent, he's stumbling. The sparring partners were actually telling us when he was dropped back at the home that he was stumbling out of the vehicle after the 12-rounder. I'm impressed. You gotta respect the guy.

"He was knocked down, the ropes kept him up multiple times, he was badly concussed".

McGregor has never boxed professionally so he brought in several sparring partners to help him get ready to take on the undefeated Mayweather, who is considered one of the greatest of all-time. Now he's retired, I mean, I don't know what he expected coming in here after speaking what he was speaking, I mean the things he was saying. It didn't go good for him, so it is what it is.

UFC president Dana White shed light on the "knockdown" Friday, when he posted a brief clip to social media of the exchange that led to Malignaggi's fall.

But what it does show is that McGregor was able to land clean shots on a former boxing champ.

Pushing my head down with right hand as he's draggin me in that direction by it then throwin the left, the push down is with right hand. "He's also a southpaw, so it's dragging me toward his lead foot that I trip over".

William Hill's Nevada sportsbook, where 95 percent of the bets have been on the underdog, said its liability on McGregor is already well over $1 million. The UFC champion wanted Malignaggi to "answer" for some of his past comments, regarding McGregor's slim chances of success in a boxing ring. "It presented itself and he dived all over it".

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