The PFL announced Wednesday that it has signed Biaggio Ali Walsh, grandson of iconic boxer Muhammad Ali, to an amateur contract, and he will make his promotional debut in November on the undercard of the 2022 PFL Championships event.
Ali Walsh, 24, is 1-1 as a mixed martial artist and trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. He lost his debut by second-round submission this past June but rebounded with a first-round TKO victory on Aug. 27. His brother, Nico Ali Walsh, is an undefeated professional boxer.
According to the PFL’s press release announcing the signing of Biaggio, he is expected to turn pro for the organization sometime next year.
“I want to thank Professional Fighters League for their support and confidence in me. I can’t wait to enter the PFL SmartCage,” Ali Walsh in a statement. “I have a legacy to live up to, a legacy that my grandfather began, that my brother and I continue, I chose to continue that legacy here in the Professional Fighters League. My one and only goal is to one day become a PFL world champion.”
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Combat sports wasn’t Ali Walsh’s first choice. He was a high school football star running back at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, who committed to play at the University of California. After two years at Cal, Ali Walsh transferred to UNLV.
Ali Walsh transitioned from football to MMA in 2020.