Muhammad Ali's grandson, Biaggio Ali Walsh, makes MMA debut tonight against fellow debutant

  • Tom Ward

Muhammad Ali‘s grandson, Biaggio Ali Walsh, makes his MMA debut tonight.

The former college football player – who has also pursued a career as a part-time model and personal trainer – steps into the cage on the undercard of Fusion Fight League’s ‘Rumble Under The Rims’ at First Interstate Arena in Montana on June 3.

His younger brother Nico Ali Walsh, 21, has already established himself as one of the top prospects in the world of boxing, boasting a perfect professional record of five wins, four knockouts, and zero defeats.

Welterweight Biaggio will be the strong favourite to win against fellow debutant Devin Rothwell, with the 23-year-old making his debut nine months on from Nico’s.

Ali Walsh told FITE.TV: “I have been training MMA for a total of about two, two-and-a-half years now.

“COVID hit shortly after I began training so there was obviously a little delay but I worked out in the garage during that time.

“After college football I felt very lost and didn’t like where my life was heading.

“Pursuing MMA makes me feel more emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally positive.”

Muhammad Ali’s grandson, Biaggio Ali Walsh, trains at Xtreme Couture ahead of his MMA debut tonight

The American prospect currently trains at the famed Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, the home of multiple UFC champions such as Vitor Belfort, Francis Ngannou, and Miesha Tate.

Despite his family background, Ali Walsh claims he also has well rounded wrestling and submission attacks.

He added: “I would say that growing up in the world of boxing would make me a striker but I do find myself pretty well-rounded.

“I began training with no specific base and started learning all the disciplines at the same time.

“I did no previous combat sports before MMA. I was always just a huge fan of martial arts and boxing.”

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Ali Walsh also insists that he won’t allow any distractions to get in the way of his career as he is also juggling studying a full-time degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

He continued: “There is no balance between modelling and training because I am rarely ever modelling.

“My last modelling job was in 2020 so those type of gigs do not happen so often.

“I am solely focused on finishing college and getting better in the gym.

“If a paid modelling job were to come up, I want to make sure it works around my school and gym schedule.

“I want to become a champion. To be it doesn’t matter the organisation or promotion. I just want to make a name for myself and continue the tradition of fighting in my family.”

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