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UFC chief Dana White says Conor McGregor bossed Paulie Malignaggi in sparring he was right to walkout as he would’ve been damaged for the rest of his life

UFC chief Dana White claims Conor McGregor beat up Paulie Malignaggi so badly in sparring, it was right for him to walk away before any permanent damage.

Malignaggi stepped in to help McGregor prepare for his mega money fight against Floyd Mayweather earlier in the year.

Conor McGregor bossed Paulie Malignaggi in sparring says Dana White
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But things came to an abrupt end when the Magic Man claimed that Team McGregor lied posting an image of the Brooklyn boxer on the canvas saying he was knocked down.

Malignaggi has since then been trying to set the record straight saying how he out boxed McGregor.

White, who was present at the sparring session in Las Vegas said that Malignaggi took a beating from McGregor.

White said on the Real Quick with Mike Swick podcast: “Why did Paulie Malignaggi get up and walk out of camp after two sparring sessions? Because it was the right f***ing thing to do.”

Dana White feared for Paulie Malignaggi long-term after getting beat up in sparring
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Paulie Malignaggi denies being uptaged by Conor McGregor
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Paulie Malignaggi knocked down by Conor McGregor in sparring
Paulie Malignaggi confronts Conor McGregor before Floyd Mayweather fight

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“Because he was going to get hurt, because he was going to take damage that was going to affect him for the rest of his life that he didn’t need to f***ing take.

“It’s not like they were paying him big money or he had a f***ing fight coming up himself.

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“Paulie Malignaggi got up and left camp, and he should have f***ing got up and left camp because Conor was going to f***ing hurt him badly.

“It’s no disrespect to the guy. It’s a fact. I was there. I watched the whole f***ing sparring session. That guy needed to go home and he needed to leave Las Vegas.”

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