Muhammad Ali dead at age 74

Crunchie

One FC addiction champion
#1
http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/6/4/11857670/muhammad-ali-dead-at-age-74


"The Greatest" is gone.

Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer and transcendent cultural icon, died Friday at the age of 74, according to a family statement released by spokesman Bob Gunnell.

Ali battled Parkinson's disease for 32 years. He had been in the hospital since Thursday with what Gunnell described as a respiratory issue.


"The Greatest" is gone.

Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer and transcendent cultural icon, died Friday at the age of 74, according to a family statement released by spokesman Bob Gunnell.

Ali battled Parkinson's disease for 32 years. He had been in the hospital since Thursday with what Gunnell described as a respiratory issue.


As an athlete, Ali was one of the best and most recognizable of all time. He was one of boxing's great heavyweights and a multiple-time champion. Ali beat Joe Frazier in the storied "Thrilla in Manila" in 1974 and defeated George Foreman in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1975.

Ali, who was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Ky., was known as much for his showmanship and trash talk during his career as he was his ability inside the ring. Much of Ali's self-promotional strategy and verbal warfare has been borrowed by others in combat sports over the years, including MMA stars like Conor McGregor and Chael Sonnen.

Outside the ring, Ali was a political activist and warrior for racial justice. He was infamous for refusing the draft during the Vietnam War. Ali was also the first black athlete to truly challenge the white establishment, which made him a polarizing figure.

A figure of controversy in his heyday, Ali has been looked at as nothing less than venerable and revered for years. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, three years after retiring from boxing, and fought the disease hard for more than three decades.

Ali was every bit as influential in the MMA community as he was in boxing. UFC president Dana White, a former boxer and trainer, lists Ali among his heroes. So does McGregor, current MMA pound-for-pound king Jon Jones and longtime former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

"I think Muhammad Ali changed the face of combat sports forever," White told ESPN on Friday. "A lot of guys didn't have a lot of personality back in the day. He was charismatic. He was incredible. He was a guy who was known around the world -- one of the most famous human being to ever live. In my house today, there's tons of artwork of Muhammad Ali. Anybody who has ever been involved in combat sports, I think, is a huge fan of Ali."
 

Revo

Well-Known Member
Ninjabro
#4
Very sad news. Muhammed Ali and Bruce Lee were my childhood hero's, as they were to millions of others worldwide. Ali was out of boxing for more than 3 1/2 years during his absolute prime. Roughly 25-29 years old. Who's knows how many more sensational victories he would have had in that time. Certainly they would have all been just that, victories. Even though he's been sort of dead for year now, considering his condition, it really bothered me when I found out he died. What a sad day. RIP The Greatest!
 

Crunchie

One FC addiction champion
#5
Very sad news. Muhammed Ali and Bruce Lee were my childhood hero's, as they were to millions of others worldwide. Ali was out of boxing for more than 3 1/2 years during his absolute prime. Roughly 25-29 years old. Who's knows how many more sensational victories he would have had in that time. Certainly they would have all been just that, victories. Even though he's been sort of dead for year now, considering his condition, it really bothered me when I found out he died. What a sad day. RIP The Greatest!

Yeah, I feel bummed out this morning.

I hope ufc puts together something for him tonight.

:(
 

Sub Zero

Eat. Sleep. Sell. Repeat.
Ninjabro
#10
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...-important-tumble-into-the-world-of-wrestling

Great article about the fight between Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki. The reason it ended up being a snoozer was because Inoki wasnt allowed to do any of the following:

-No takedowns below the waist

-No closed fist punches

-No kicks to the head or body

-No suplexes

-No submissions

-No ground strikes

-Ali gets rope breaks and restarts standing
 

Beanflicker

BIG SEXAAAY
Ninjabro
#11
RIP Mohammad Ali.

Squirrel should have bought that fucking autographed robe he saw at a flea market, that shit would be worth a fortune now.
 

livingdeath

Well-Known Member
Ninjabro
#12
R.I.P champ.......type in famekillusion on youtube they have all available ali and cassuos clay fights numbered.plus tyson,sugar ray leonard and jones jr.
 

Squirrel

Half Dead & Dynamite
Moderator
#15
I might only have one thing. A 4' x 3' ad laminated on 1" foam core. Ali is in a suit sitting on a chair and I can't remember what the caption is.. I think it was for History Channel. I had 8 different ones but auctioned off the other 7 a few years ago. I obtained them when I was working for SAKS Fifth Avenue in the late 90's. Pretty scarce because nobody kept them.. I've never seen another. What's it worth?? Probably not a whole lot but you don't know until you try.
 

Squirrel

Half Dead & Dynamite
Moderator
#17
Beanflicker prob has a stash of Ali memorabilia if he hasn't already sold it.. where has he been? You guys all live on the same block I assume
 

manners

The Last Bastion
Ninjabro
#18
Bean is such a Ho, I was at the best place in TO this summer and everything was priced XXX. I'm a few blocks down. lol