Paulie Malignaggi slaps Conor McGregor’s team-mate Artem Lobov and pair have to be pulled apart in heated exchange
- Both Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov are signed to Bare Knuckle FC
- Malignaggi has history with Lobov’s team-mate Conor McGregor in sparring
- McGregor released clip of knockdown in gym and incident sparked feud
- Lobov was in confrontation with Malignaggi and tension spilled over
Paulie Malignaggi slapped Conor McGregor’s training partner and team-mate Artem Lobov in a heated exchange on Tuesday.
The pair appeared to be in a lobby when both men, who are signed to Bare Knuckle FC, started yelling at each other.
‘You don’t want to do it here man, you’ll get broke I’m telling you,’ said Lobov.
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Paulie Malignaggi (left) and Artem Lobov (right) got into an altercation on Tuesday
This is the moment Malignaggi slapped the Russian and the tension overflowed
‘Don’t f****** threaten me here bro’, replied Malignaggi and then slapped him with his left hand.
Former UFC fighter Anthony Rumble Johnson pulled Malignaggi away from the scrap as they were separated.
But the former world champion boxer continued his tirade.
‘Next time it’s a harder slap, that was a b**** slap for a b****. Don’t get in my face and make threats here,’ he shouted.
‘Next time I’ll smack the s*** out of you for real. I smacked you like a b**** because that’s what you are right now.
Malignaggi yelled at his fellow Bare Knuckle FC competitor and said he’d kill him
‘You’re on a death wish bro, I’m going to put you in a body bag in June. I’m going to make sure I kill you, I’m telling you.’
Malignaggi has history with McGregor and his team. They sparred in the run-up to the Floyd Mayweather fight and the Irishman leaked footage of him knocking Malignaggi down.
Their feud has escalated ever since and it seems he is angling for a fight with Lobov in Bare Knuckle FC.
The Russian former UFC fighter is scheduled to take on Jason Knight in the promotional debut this weekend.
It seems Malignaggi is slated for a first fight for the organisation in June and his opponent is more than likely to be Lobov.
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