By Mark Elezaj
Paulie Malignaggi is not one to bite his tongue, and he wants the whole world to know how he feels about certain MMA fighters, their fan base, as well as the MMA community.
In the past few weeks Malignaggi has been very vocal when speaking about his next opponent, UFC veteran Artem Lobov, who he faces in the main event of BKFC, bare knuckle fighting, on June 22.
Malignaggi’s disdain for certain MMA fighters stems from a altercation he had with UFC legend Conor McGregor, who just so happens to be very good friends with Lobov.
Malignaggi and McGregor had a fallout in 2017, after McGregor brought him in as a sparring partner for his fight with Floyd Mayweather. Dana White and McGregor released video clips of their sparring sessions that showed Malignaggi getting hit, unable to avoid McGregor’s onslaught and even getting dropped. It’s become personal ever since. Malignaggi even confronted McGregor at a press conference leading to a heated war of words.
Fast forward to the first promotional event for BKFC 6, Malignaggi had to be restrained after slapping Lobov in the face while making threats towards him.
At a recent press conference, Malignaggi threatened to smash Lobov’s teeth and urinate in his mouth. He also tried to hit Lobov on the head with the microphone and even spit at him during their face off.
“His hands are fragile, he’s got no power, he can’t hide behind the gloves. It’s game over for him” Lobov said.
“He’s only doing this for the money. He will make a lot of money that night, and I’ll make two holes in his face. Let’s get it done already. Enough of the talking.
“I heard he’s known as ‘The Magic Man.’ I just hope he doesn’t disappear. Let’s do it.”
“I know I’ve never been a big puncher but, as I trained, I realized my hands are like razor blades,” Malignaggi said.
“Take a look at his face. Because next month I’m gonna make this man’s face look like a road map.”
“One thing about my career – I’ve always been known as one of the toughest guys in boxing. That’s how I won two world titles.”
After the press conference, Malignaggi answered questions and explained why he doesn’t like Lobov and why he wants to put him in a coma, or potentially, a coffin.
“We’re promoting a fight, we don’t like each other, and that’s what you get out of it.” Malignaggi said.
“At days’ end, the reason for me to say ‘Put him in a coma’ or ‘kill him’ or whatever, listen, you don’t ever want, wish bad things on anybody, but honestly, would I feel bad if he wound up there? No, I wouldn’t feel bad because he disrespected all of the families and all of the people that I’ve known personally who have gone through this,” Malignaggi told Fight Hype in a recent interview.”
“When your piece of sh*t community and your piece of sh*t people talk about ‘we fight with pads on and now you’re in a dangerous sport like MMA,’ when nothing of the sort happens to you which is why you have a circus of a fanbase because it’s like wrestling. At the end of the day, no matter what happens to you guys, tapping assures you you’re gonna see that guy next week. Tapping assure you you’re gonna see that guy in a few months. In boxing, you don’t have those assurances so there’s a respect level even to the trash talk that we have and it’s being surpassed now, it’s being overcome with this garbage that we have from this other community. For me, I think the way you solve it, seeing one of their own in a coma, seeing one of their own in a f*cking coffin, then you say, ‘You know what, this sh*t is not a joke.”
Lobov responded when asked about Malignaggi spitting at him.
“I don’t think he really got me there but he tried to fucking spit. And once again, that shows what kind of person he is. What kind of behavior is that? Boxing was always called a gentleman’s sport, there was nothing gentlemanly about that behavior. He’s 40 years old, he’s representing the sport of boxing, and this is the way he’s behaving…don’t worry, he’ll pay for every single mistake.”
BKFC 6 takes place next month, June 22 at Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall in Tampa, Fla.
~ The Fighting Voice ~