Paulie Malignaggi Challenges Conor McGregor To A Bare Knuckle Fight
Paulie Malignaggi has challenged Conor McGregor to a bare knuckle fight after signing a contract with Bare Knuckle FC (BKFC).
Here we go again.
Malignaggi and McGregor were embroiled in a bitter-feud during the lead up to the Irishman fighting Floyd Mayweather.
The UFC mega-star drafted in Malignaggi for sparring and released footage of their training sessions together, including a video of him flooring the American.
They've been going back and forth ever since with Malignaggi reigniting their rivalry by branding McGregor a 'coward' while issuing a challenge.
He's called out McGregor to a bare knuckle fight.
"Conor the coward @TheNotoriousMMA with 2 minute rounds I'm sure even YOU can't quit at this! Time to settle it.l @bareknucklefc," he posted on social media.
Conor the coward @TheNotoriousMMA with 2 minute rounds I'm sure even YOU can't quit at this! Time to settle it.l @bareknucklefc
- Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) March 7, 2019
The 38-year-old, who is a former two-weight boxing world champion, is excited to be part of BKFC.
"BKFC is the new wave in combat sports. They're doing great things, and I'm very excited to be a part of this organization. I've accomplished some big things in my boxing career, and I look forward to what this next phase brings," he said.
"After a long boxing career, it's easy to miss the limelight and the rush that combat brings. I look forward to getting back in action and the new challenge of fighting for BKFC.
"You understand what it takes to fight a professional boxer with bare hands? I don't think people understand the accuracy a pro boxer has. Any of you MMA f*ckers that want to stop trolling and get in there and do it, I will knock you the f*ck out," he added.
.@PaulMalignaggi wants ALL the smoke :dash: :dash: pic.twitter.com/ZmYmE5Oek2
- Brooklyn To The World (@brooklyntoworld) March 7, 2019
It appears he'll get his wish. Malignaggi is expected to make his debut against McGregor's teammate Artem Lobov, who is making his promotional bow in April versus UFC veteran Jason Knight.