Not Boxing, but MMA Saved Muhammad Ali’s Grandson From Alcohol and Drugs Reveals Biaggio Ali Walsh

Published 08/25/2023, 7:10 AM EDT

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The grandson of Muhammad Ali, Biaggio Ali Walsh, is already a part of combat sports. However, Ali Walsh didn’t take up boxing like his grandfather; instead, he chose to have a career in MMA. Currently, he is signed to PFL and has earned some impressive victories in amateur fighting. For Ali Walsh, MMA is a sport that changed his life for the better. He began his sports career as a footballer but later decided that he did not want to be a professional footballer.

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Things took a different turn when he had nothing to do in life. Back then, Ali Walsh felt that his life had no purpose and engaged himself in drinking and doping. However, after struggling with his directionless life, Walsh landed at the Xtreme Couture gym in Nevada, which eventually took him into the world of MMA. Let’s dive deeper to find out more about how MMA changed the life of ‘The Greatest’s grandson.

Biaggio Ali Walsh details about how MMA changed his life

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Ali Walsh had excelled in college football; however, he failed to secure a spot with the leading teams. Later, he faced an uncertain future in Las Vegas. Back then, all he had was a popular surname. The vibrant nightlife of Las Vegas pushed him into a dark world where he became addicted to alcohol and, subsequently, substance abuse. Later, it was MMA that gave him a new life.

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Ali Walsh said to Mirror Fighting, “I was doing a lot of stupid stuff, going out, trying dumb stuff and when I found MMA, it gave me something to look forward to. I would go to the gym and record my sparring. I’d want to improve on the sparring and in a sense I think this sport changed my life in a way.Now he believes that his grandfather would be proud of him for finding his passion in MMA.

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The journey is not an easy one

Though the 24-year-old acknowledges the significance of being Muhammed Ali’s grandson, he doesn’t view it purely as an advantage. To him, it’s a double-edged sword. ‘The Greatest’ stands out as the most prominent heavyweight boxer. Moreover, he was one of the most important sports icons of the 20th century. Consequently, the weight of expectations bears heavily on him due to his legendary lineage.

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However, he also believes that he received a lot of exposure, mainly because he is the grandson of Ali. At the moment, he is completely focused on becoming a great MMA fighter. His last amateur fight was at PFL 9, where he secured a glorious victory against his opponent, Ed Davis. Do you think that he has the potential to be a great MMA fighter? Let us know in the comments below.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Her passion for the UFC is evident in her writing, and she has been a devoted fan of the sport for many years. Priyanka is particularly fascinated by the sportsmanship displayed by fighters, and she is captivated by their ability to calculate each move when an opponent is all set to attack.
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