Helwani has walked the streets of Dublin with McGregor before he was a superstar, spent an evening on stage with McGregor for a pay-per-view interview this January and sat on the edge of a McGregor Sports & Entertainment boxing ring discussing the definitive clip of Malignaggigate.
Malignaggi, fiercely proud and not much of a McGregor fan to begin with, left the camp as quickly as he'd arrived and went on an all-out media blitz to dress down everything from McGregor's punching power to his real estate choices.
He insisted that McGregor had pushed him and the whole thing was a conspiracy set up by McGregor's people and the UFC.
Video of the incident, which UFC President Dana White "leaked" on Friday, seemed to pretty convincingly show McGregor pawing at Malignaggi with a lead right hand then landing a left, putting the "Magic Man" on his behind in the process.
And once again it's Helwani with the access—in a clip released Saturday on the MMA Fighting Twitter account, he shows McGregor the video White leaked and gets his thoughts on the whole feud.
Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA
They say I've got no hands. https://t.co/FJfvj5qjKi2017-7-21 09:47:15
UFC Insiders @UFCInsiders
Conor McGregor dropped Paulie Malignaggi in sparring? https://t.co/UXcxzQYhX92017-8-3 22:59:32
Conor McGregor discusses beef with Malignaggi, reacts to Dana White releasing the 'knockdown' video. Full interview: https://t.co/xylohM8vT0 https://t.co/4KZdvpWpmB2017-8-12 22:14:36