Paulie Malignaggi felts "set up" by McGregor's team.
Former boxing champ Paulie Malignaggi has decided he will no longer be training with Conor McGregor, just days after he revealed details of a 12-round session with the UFC champ.
After their latest sparring session, Malignaggi said he felt "set up" by McGregor's camp, having to go 12 rounds hours after flying across the country to spar with Conor.
Then, McGregor's camp apparently leaked some photos from the session, including one where Malignaggi is lying on his back on the canvas.
Paulie says the photo is misleading and that Conor pushed him down while sparring. He ranted on twitter last night claiming he "actually beat Conor's ass," and begged for the unedited footage of their 12-round sparring session to be released.
"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."
Check out the photos in question below, as well as Malignaggi's numerous responses.
Umm you missed the most important one... pic.twitter.com/2s1TMTQlTk— DB (@NotoriousDB23) August 3, 2017
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