UFC Star Jon Jones Spotted Shadowboxing with Muhammad Ali’s Grandson, Nico: Video

UFC Star Jon Jones Spotted Shadowboxing with Muhammad Ali’s Grandson, Nico: Video

Edwin Kiplagat
June 20, 2023 at 4:29 PM
  • Jon Jones was caught on camera shadowboxing with Muhammad Ali's grandson, Nico Ali Walsh
  • The UFC heavyweight champion did the icon Ali shuffle during their friendly spar
  • The pair met backstage during an MMA event Professional Fighters League (PFL) 5

UFC heavyweight champion, Jon Jones was seen shadowboxing with Muhammad Ali's grandson, Nico Ali Walsh in Atlanta, Georgia, during a recent MMA event.

The pair were captured on video shadowboxing each other when Jones his the infamous Ali shuffle, which looked fairly decent.

Jon Jones, Muhammad Ali, Nico Ali Walsh, UFC, PFL
Jon Jones shadowboxing with Nico Ali Walsh. Photos by Top Rank Boxing.
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Jones was attending Professional Fighters League (PFL) 5, to corner his teammate Maurice Green, while Nico was there to watch his brother Biaggio Ali Walsh win another PFL fight.

When the two bumped into each other backstage, Jones showed his superb footwork during the friendly spar. The pair jokingly shadowboxed, but nearby onlookers were elated to see the UFC star pull off the iconic Ali shuffle. Ali was thrilled to see Jones doing the iconic shuffle.

The 35-year-old beat Ciryl Gane in March for the UFC heavyweight belt in March and is waiting for his next opponent, who could be Stipe Miocic, per Talksport.

Jones and Ngannou face off

In the same event, Jones came face to face with former UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, who recently left the promotion to join PFL after failing to agree on a new contract, per BBC. Ngannou is set to make his PFL debut in 2024.

The confrontation seemed respectful but Jones was heard telling Ngannou, "You don't want no smoke." To which Ngannou responded: "You want no smoke."

“With the one true king,” Jones then continued. "I give you respect for that, but I want that smoke,” responded Ngannou. Jones then had a brutal final say, adding: "I'm going to kick your (expletive)."

Amanda Nunes retires

Sports Brief earlier reported on UFC legend Amanda Nunes announcing her retirement after beating Irene Aldana to retain her Bantamweight title earlier this month. She said she wants to spend more time with her family.

"My mum has been asking me so much to do this for so long. She can't take it anymore. I want to enjoy everything that I have made. I want to travel a bit with my family."

Nunes' career saw her pick up 23 wins and just five losses. As the last Brazilian to hold a title in the UFC, she also challenged her compatriots to pick up the slack and win some belts now that she is retiring.

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