Paulie Malignaggi said Conor McGregor would be kicked by Dustin Poirier in the ass, but said that the fans had prepared excuses

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI said that Conor McGregor might be kicked in the ass by Dustin Poirier, but he said that his fans have prepared excuses.

McGregor stepped into the octagon at UFC 264 on Saturday night, playing against Poirier for the second time in his year.


Pauli MalinajiCredit: Getty Images-Getty

The infamous second-round knockout round was lost to the United States in January. Their current series record is 1-1, and McGregor’s victory came in 2014.

Since defeating Donald Cerrone in January 2016, the Dubliners have won only one game in the Octagon.

Malignaggi expects him to suffer another terrible defeat in front of the crowds in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

But the former boxing star, who quarreled with McGregor in 2017, said his fans would use his financial success outside of mixed martial arts as an excuse for failure.

Poirier defeated McGregor


Poirier defeats McGregorCredit: Sports Archive

McGregor is Recently crowned the world’s highest paid athlete Forbes has earned 148 million euros in the past 12 months.

Malignaggi expects his fans to use this success as the reason for UFC’s failure again.

He told Helen Yee: “This is always a win-win for Conor. What he did is really amazing.

“You know, he can win, people will say,’Oh, he’s back’, then he will be kicked, and people will say,’Oh, he is not paying attention.’

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“It’s always a win-win for Connor. So is it really important? I mean this person may lose every game and they will still make excuses for him.

“You know I think he might be kicked again. But that’s okay because they will tell you that he is not paying attention anymore.

“They will tell you this is because he just sold his whiskey for $600 million?

“They will tell you this is because of this, and they will tell you that he is not focused because he is too busy completing the transaction. The entrepreneur himself.

“So this way he will fight with others again, and they will watch it again.”

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