Biaggio Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali‘s MMA fighting grandson, may have gotten into the family business, but the PFL star doesn’t fight exactly like his legendary grandpa … “He always said ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.’ I want to sting like a scorpion!”
“Honestly, that is what I would say my style’s like,” Ali Walsh told Babcock in a sit-down with TMZ Sports. “You float, you’re light, you’re smooth, and when you go, it hurts, it stings. That’s the kind of style I want to portray.”
And, that’s exactly what he’s done so far in his handful of MMA fights. After losing his first-ever contest by rear naked choke, Biaggio’s looked incredibly impressive — and powerful — in the cage.
First, he defeated Bradley Seaver by TKO in under three minutes in August 2022. Shortly after, Biaggio signed with PFL. They pitted him against Tom Graesser … who only lasted 45 seconds with Ali Walsh during their November 2022 contest.
The potentially scary part is that he’s only had three amateur fights, and only started training a few years back.
“I think I’m improving a lot. I believe I was blessed with an athletic ability. An ability to adapt, too. I’ve just been improving. Staying consistent. I’ve been grappling, wrestling, doing jiu-jitsu., striking, just blending all the martial arts because that’s what you have to do in MMA,” Biaggio said.
We also asked Biaggio what his grandfather would’ve thought about MMA (some boxing purists hate the sport), and Ali Walsh says his grandpa not only would’ve been into mixed martial arts, but he would’ve connected with one fighter in particular — The Notorious.
“I think he would’ve been a big fan of MMA, especially at the time when Conor [McGregor] was in his featherweight run, doing his peak trash talk. He would’ve loved it.”
We also talked to Biaggio about the pressure of being a fighter related to “The Greatest,” when he plans to turn pro, what he wants to accomplish as a fighter (and beyond) and much more!
Ali Walsh returns to the cage at PFL 2 on April 7 from The Theater in Las Vegas! 👊