Youth commonwealth silver medalist, and Conor McGregor’s sparring partner, Tiernan Bradley, claims that veteran referee Joe Cortez did not see the incident that led to Paulie Malignaggi’s infamous fall.
Photos of Malignaggi on the ground during his second sparring session with McGregor were leaked last Thursday, prompting him to leave the camp.
Earlier this week, the Brooklyn born Malignaggi appeared on the MMA Hour and spoke in an interview with Ariel Helwani lambasting the UFC champion.
According to Bradley for his column in the Irish Times, Malignaggi and McGregor were in the same room after the images were leaked, and although he was visibly frustrated about the situation, the former two-weight champ did not talk about it with McGregor.
As far as the second sparring session is concerned, the young boxer claimed that it was very competitive, but refuting what Maliganggi was claiming and that McGregor was“the clear winner overall.”
The talk coming from social media has surrounded veteran referee Joe Cortez’s reaction that was captured in the leaked pictures. Many claim that it is a good indication that the fall came from a pushdown, rather than a knockdown.
Bradley claims that Cortez had no idea what happened before Malignaggi hit the ground.
“I’ve seen people say that, from the photo, you can tell that it was a push down by the body language of Joe Cortez… “I can tell you now – Joe didn’t see the incident that led to Paulie being on the ground. He didn’t see it.
“At the end of the day it was a spar, so what is he going to do – give him a count?”
Read Bradley’s thoughts here from the IRISH TIMES