Conor McGregor’s long-time training partner and fellow UFC fighter Artem Lobov attended yesterday’s open workout in Las Vegas and gave his opinion on the situation with Paulie Malignaggi, who quit the camp a week ago due to photos being released of his his sparring session with the Irish star.
Asked about the former two-weight world champion’s decision to leave, Lobov claimed that the star just wasn’t used to not being the centre of attention in camp.
“In boxing they very rarely train in camps,” Lobov told FightHubTV. “You very rarely see two champions train together. It’s always centered around one guy – he is the star and then everyone else is there to support him.
“Paulie just was not used to not being that star, he just wasn’t able to deal with it.”
As for the fact that Malignaggi was disgruntled at the less-than-flattering pictures of him being hit and dropped by McGregor that leaked followign their sparring sessions, Lobov claims it would have proved challenging to have painted ‘Magic Man’s’ own work in a flattering light.
“Sorry that there was no good pictures of Paulie, because he didn’t land anything in sparring! So, what can we do?”
However, Lobov also indicated that you don’t have to take his word for it as he was adamant that footage of the entire sparring sessions would be released at some stage in the future.
Lobov also sought to pour cold water on Malignaggi’s claims that McGregor was “cheap” with his sparring partners and had them staying in a “crack house.”
“They had their own house. A normal house, they had a car, they had their meals sorted. Three meals a day sorted from a restaurant. You know, not just where they had to cook themselves. No, they had restaurant meals delivered to them, every day, three times a day. And they were getting paid! I mean, what else can you ask for?”
Watch Lobov’s full interview below.