Muhammad Ali’s grandson shows off American football skills as he lands NFL-style tackle in MMA debut
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Muhammad Ali’s grandson shows off American football skills as he lands NFL-style tackle in MMA debut

Feb 25, 2024

Muhammad Ali’s grandson used his American football skills to emerge victorious on his professional MMA debut.

Biaggio Ali Walsh easily outgrappled 19-year-old MMA prospect Emmanuel Palacio over three rounds to secure a lopsided unanimous decision win at PFL vs Bellator in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.

Ali Walsh is trying to make his famous grandfather proud

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Ali Walsh is trying to make his famous grandfather proud

The fight was largely uneventful, but the 25-year-old did give fans a brief glimpse of his athletic potential when he burst into life at the start of the third and final round.  

Ali Walsh ducked under a punch from Palacio and tackled him to the ground.

It certainly wasn’t your typical takedown.

PFL commentator Chael Sonnen immediately referred to the boxing legend’s grandson’s NFL dream as he marvelled at the move.

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Ali Walsh won a scholarship at the University of Las Vegas, however, injuries and bad relationships with his team steered Walsh away from the sport before he fell in love with MMA.

“I kind of just grew away from it,” Ali Walsh told talkSPORT.com in August 2023.

“After football, I was kind of lost and didn’t like where my life was heading. I didn’t like my lifestyle. I was going out, I was partying a lot and doing a lot of stupid stuff.

“I went to Xtreme Couture and started training. I started falling in love with training and getting excited to go to the gym.

The 25-year-old sent his opponent flying with an NFL-style tackle

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The 25-year-old sent his opponent flying with an NFL-style tackleCredit: Cooper Neill/Getty Images
Ali Walsh didn't get the finish, but his winning run continued

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Ali Walsh didn’t get the finish, but his winning run continuedCredit: Cooper Neill/Getty Images

“Eventually I ended up saying, ‘You know what? I’m young. I’m not too old to get into a new sport and try my best with it.”

“You only get one life. I don’t want to be 40 years old and think ‘What if I tried? What if I took it serious?’ I don’t want to have them questions when I’m older.”

Ali Walsh suffered a submission defeat in his amateur debut, but preserved in his new sport and put together a six-fight winning run.

The lightweight prospect scored several high-profile knockout victories that had fans excited about another Ali taking the fight game by storm.

Ali Walsh’s impressive run of stoppages came to an end in his pro debut, but the hype will continue as he works his way through the ranks during the next few years.


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