Paulie Malignaggi gives a rant about Conor McGregor and saved a bit of his anger for UFC president Dana White.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Malignaggi shot White saying he has never been a fan of him and does not like the way he treats UFC athletes.
White posted the controversial sparring footage between Malignaggi and McGregor last week which has made the internet intrigued.
Malignaggi said, “That fat (expletive) Dana White, The Pillsbury Doughboy. You put a white on him and give him a white shirt, he looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy. I just want to knock him off through his belly button, so he can go ‘hoo hoo hoo,’ like that little laugh from the Pillsbury Doughboy, you know?”
When McGregor and Malignaggi sparred for the second time around, Dana White was there two weeks ago. Dana White posted a video of McGregor knocking Malignaggi off his feet. But Malignaggi said it was push down – McGregor held down his head and Malignaggi lost his balance when McGregor punch him more, Malignaggi said. He said the video was edited in a “Hollywood” style and could be seen better in slow motion.
“I never liked White. I don’t think he treats the fighters fairly,” He said. “I don’t think he treats the UFC fighters fairly. There’s no Ali Act in MMA because of him primarily, first and foremost. He’s one of the guys that try to restrain it from happening.”
The extension of boxing’s Ali Act to MMA was avert by the influence of UFC, which is currently in the Congress. Malignaggi tweeted about his views before the whole happenings, writing that is was “weird” to see MMA fans cheer so loudly for White during the MayMac World Tour.
White acknowledge Malignaggi’s comment in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Paulie had said some crazy stuff, some bad things about me,” White said.” I felt sorry for the guy. Paulie was obviously lying about everything that happen in the sparring match, so I released it.”
Mayweather vs McGregor will be on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena.