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Muhammad Ali’s Grandson Reminisces Iconic Conor McGregor Moment

Published 03/14/2023, 9:52 AM EDT

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UFC 205 at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016, became a landmark for several reasons. The first UFC event in New York after 1995 was the second time in the promotion’s history that champions from two different weight divisions faced each other. After winning UFC’s Featherweight title in 2015, Conor McGregor challenged reigning Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez a year later. In addition, with the five main card bouts and six preliminary bouts, the event saw the highest-ever attendance of over 20k, translating to a $17 million revenue, again the highest ever for a mixed martial arts event.

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One of the highlights of the UFC 205 was the pre-fight press conference. Presided by Dana White, the audience and reporters could meet and talk to the fighters. A minute later, after it started, Joy Taylor, a television host with Fox Sports 1, asked McGregor, “While you were on your way here, Eddie said he was disappointed in the country of Ireland. What do you think about that?

Muhammad Ali’s grandson shows a striking resemblance to his grandfather’s talks


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In reply to Joy Taylor’s question, ‘The Notorious’ replied that Alvarez’s comments hardly bothered him and added that the Irish were back. And then followed the highlight of the press conference as he quickly rhymed, “I run New York City. I am a f*****g p**p! Rocking Gucci Mink, and without me, this whole f*****g ship sinks.

The next question followed a round of loud cheers within earshot. Interestingly, it seems the exemplary occasion rebounded as McGregor’s rap found resonance in boxing. Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, took notice of the Irish mixed martial arts champion’s bombastry and shared it with his followers on Instagram. Probably, it reminded him of those famous words from the past “Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, Your hands can’t hit, What your eyes can’t see.


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Muhammad Ali, lifetime’s precision with pinches and words…

Fans and followers acknowledge that besides his exquisite boxing skills, Muhammad Ali’s larger-than-life personality attracted crowds. That included his ability to put his words most poetically. There are records of when he told opponents about the round, he would knock them down in the most celebrated manner. Perhaps, one of his nicknames, the ‘Lousville Lip,’ originates from the humourous and lyrical trash-talking most opponents received.


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His grandson, Nico Ali Walsh, son of his daughter, Rasheda Ali, is a twenty-two years old orthodox boxer. After his legendary aunt Laila Ali, Nico Ali Walsh seems keen on further carrying the Ali family’s great boxing traditions. He launched his professional career in 2021 and has won eight bouts. The middleweight boxer’s name reportedly picked up news as one of the prospects who could face Tommy Fury.

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What is your take on Nico Ali’s post? Do share your views and opinions with us in the comments below.


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Written by:

Jaideep R Unnithan


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After completing 18 years in the corporate sector, Jaideep decided to make a move out of the comfort zone and follow his heart's calling to becoming a writer. His understanding of Boxing began with Iron Mike's debut as an 18 year old in 1985. Like anyone and everyone else, he holds Muhammad Ali as the greatest, though his personal favorite remains the 'PacMan' Manny Pacquiao for his speed and sheer toughness.
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Shibu Immanuel