Dana White Releases Sparring Footage Between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi

Was it or wasn’t it a knockdown?

That’s the question after UFC president Dana White released footage from the recent sparring session between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi on Friday night.

The controversy came after Malignaggi left McGregor’s training camp amidst allegations that photos being released from their sparring sessions weren’t telling the true story from what actually happened over the 12 rounds they spent in the ring together.

In particular, Malignaggi disputed a knockdown that McGregor touted in one particular photo by saying that it was actually a shove from the UFC lightweight champion in response to a rough exchange on the feet.

White released the videos on Friday and from the initial footage it looks like McGregor clips Malignaggi with a short uppercut before the former two-division champion tumbles to the mat. Of course, McGregor’s arm was on the back of Malignaggi’s neck but the sequence moved fast so it’s tough to see how that would be considered a push to the mat.

Judge for yourselves with the footage below:

White also showed off another clip with McGregor landing a hard, stinging series of punches that had Malignaggi backed up against the ropes before the video ends.

Malignaggi responded on Friday night by disputing that the footage told the whole story from what actually happened in the sparring session.

Despite the video being released, it doesn’t appear we’re any closer to knowing the full story behind this sparring session between Malignaggi and McGregor.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.