Muhammad Ali’s grandson credits MMA for saving him from out-of-control lifestyle

Biaggio Ali Walsh is the grandson of the boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

He was on his way to a promising career in college football. Unfortunately, his college football career was plagued with injuries, and he found himself at odds with his team staff.

This caused him to lose his love for the game and eventually led him to quit football altogether.

After quitting football, Biaggio Ali Walsh found himself in a dark place. He turned to drinking and a lifestyle contrary  to his religious beliefs. He felt lost and purposeless, and ultimately went down a destructive path unsure of what to do next.

Biaggio Ali Walsh with Muhammad Ali
Biaggio Ali Walsh with Muhammad Ali

It wasn’t until he got an internship at a sports facility that he found a new passion: mixed martial arts. Through MMA, Biaggio Ali Walsh found a new purpose in life.

He told Mirror, “When my football career was over, I was lost. I lost control, I was a big party animal. I was going out, doing stupid stuff and trying new things. I didn’t like the lifestyle I was heading down and I just found myself very confused and lost. I didn’t know what to do, I felt like I had no purpose anymore.”

“I got an internship at a sports facility and was also working at Adidas. When I was interning a lot of the fighters I worked with came from Xtreme Couture, where I train.”

“I thought why I am coaching these guys at 22-years-old?”

“That’s when I told myself I’m going to just go for it and that way I’ll be a lot happier in the end.”

“When I started taking it more seriously, I found myself getting away from that lifestyle because you can’t be a party animal and then train MMA expecting to do good in the gym. You’re going to gas out sooner and get your a** whooped, that’s exactly what happened.”

“I thought to myself ‘I’m going to choose this route instead of that road’ and ever since then I have felt better, my life has opened up in a whole new way.”

Walsh has a 2-1 amateur record and is now making waves in the PFL. Both of his victories came through first-round knockout. Ali Walsh now trains at the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas and is grateful to MMA for changing the way he looks at life.