Paulie Malignaggi did not wait long to mock Conor McGregor after his unexpected knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Saturday night.
The former boxer has a long running feud with the MMA star stemming back to a leaked sparring video from 2017 and debate over whether a knockdown took place in McGregor’s favour.
Malignaggi retired from his sport in 2017 before returning to combat in 2019 for a bare-knuckle fight against McGregor’s friend and teammate Artem Lobov.
Although he wholeheartedly refutes the decision, the American lost lost to Lobov by UD, which did not settle the feud in his eyes.
He has since called for a boxing match with McGregor, though his callouts have gone unanswered.
Now, Malignaggi has received his wish of seeing the Irishman knocked out, albeit not by him.
McGregor had beaten Poirier inside two minutes in September 2014 and was the overwhelming favourite to do the double in the lightweight bout in a bid to get old foe Nurmagomedov to reverse his retirement.
But Poirier survived some cagey moments in the first round and began to gain the ascendancy with some savage leg kicks in the second before a flurry of punches sent McGregor down to the canvas.
Poirier followed up with a couple of vicious blows on a defenceless McGregor, leading referee Herb Dean to wave off the fight after just two minutes and 32 seconds of the second round.
In reaction, Malignaggi tweeted a picture of McGregor knocked out on the floor, with the caption: “Good night everyone.”
Elsewhere in the boxing world, Manny Pacquiao tweeted almost instantly: “Beautiful thing about the fight game, anything can happen! Congrats to Dustin Poirier, huge win!”