The Conspiracy Of Muhammad Ali’s Fixed Fight

Published on Oct 5, 2018
Did Liston take a dive in this title fight?
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  • 9:33 the guy in the back looks like Danny Devito

  • Where is Shane?!?

  • Were there any known injuries or underlying conditions Liston had that might have contributed? Like a one in a million punch got it just right to cause Liston serious pain and hit the ground? If not, I admit the footage looks a little sketchy.

  • what happen to the ghost bustin??

  • It fixed.

  • thats not a dive he connects clean with that cross, he's out on his feet

  • Where is Shane

  • If you guys are gonna do sports conspiracies, maybe you guys can do a show about video game related conspiracies/mysteries as well.

    • +Cjr Yes, I know that. I meant that if they're gonna make a SPORTS conspiracy show, they should make a VIDEO GAME conspiracy show.

    • It's a SPORT conspiracy show.


  • shanes not funny

  • ....where’s Shane?


  • Maybe we should look at the fixed fight of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. 🤔

  • I mean, he did hit him in the temple. Try putting a little light pressure on your temple and see how you feel, that is the soft spot of the head. Many people go down with a bad hit to that location.

  • Shane wanted.

  • Mac miller story please

  • They’ve overlooked Liston’s ties to the mafia, it’s widely known that he worked for the mob and after boxing became essentially paid muscle for them and subsequently killed him, I think the mobsters son who killed Liston has even spoken about it

  • Who *DA FAQ* is this

  • his face jiggles. fukin ali hit him in the top left of his fore head

  • My dad was a boxer and blinky tried to be my dads manager but was arrested before anything happened

  • I live in a town next to Lewiston, where the fight took place and know a few people that were at the fight. They actually believe that the fight was fixed.

  • Bring back Shane

  • As someone who's been in amateur fights (MMA) and been training in martial arts for a long time..the hit may not look impressive. But you can see the shockwave of the punch shoot his head back and liston was walking in to it. That makes any punch ALOT stronger. It's like if you run in to a wall, you're breaking ur face. Where as if the wall is move away from you at a slower pace than you're running, the impact wont be nearly as bad.

  • Yeah because the nation of Islam could never be corrupt either lol. I mean they did kind of kill Malcolm X

  • Wow

  • Phantom punch ✋😑 Nah Falcon punch 👉😃 plane punch 🤯🇸🇦👳🏿‍♂️🔫🤪 Pls help, I’m loosing my sanity

  • You guys should totally Do the Muder House. I hope you guys do some day

  • Man, when will you bring back the murder and supernatural p

  • True! the CIA and the Nation of Islam conspired and killed Malcolm X. Documents and testimony was recorded and released!!

  • Please bring back the boys we miss you guys together

  • Wait, if Liston was throwing it, how come he didn't just take the punch and THEN fall down? why'd he fall before Ali's fist even connected?

  • When will my boy learn how to say February?


  • Ali won fair and square

  • do the doctor x murders I live right next to where the hospital was its about this doctor who went beserk and killed over 20 patients when they were getting better from their illnesses and he killed some of them with the stuff you use to put dogs and cats down when their too sick and after it was knocked down, they built a old persons home over where it was which I think is creepy

  • Muhammed Ali was totally in on it. He was as shady as Sonny. The Nation of Islam was and still was a FBI/CIA construct. So you could say Muhammed was just playing a role.


  • Go back to crime!!!!

  • More students than 2400? Goddamn lol yall highschool student body was huge 😅 my graduating class was a little less than 400 students and gradation ceremony took forever.

  • So ryan and shane broke up?

  • Phantom punch more like falcon punch


  • 9:34 Danny DeVito?

  • *5 minutes in* Maybe, just maybe The dude that got knocked out by a the punch "that couldn't crush a grape" wasn't at all hard but he was tired and accepted his fate as the loser of the match. He just didn't want to get beaten badly so he just faked it without the winners knowledge nor the press or anyone.

  • no Shane no gain

  • i’m sorry but it’s spooky season and we’re watching SPORTS CONSPIRACIES !!! where’s our scary stuff at, we need ghostssss

  • 12:30 this generation is so PC that they can’t even entertain a theory that has a hint of islomophobia in it

  • arturo gatti

  • Prime mayweather or prime Ali

  • What’s the next scandal? Rigged matchup of ski and Logan lmfao

  • So, the nation of Islam assassinates Malcolm X, but you find it hard to believe that they would threaten Liston? GMFB

  • Y'all back off my boi Zack.

  • Lmao my high school is grade 7-12 because we can’t afford a middle school and elementary is grade K-6 , and the high school of 7-12 has about 400 kids

  • Can we get ride of Zach:(

  • You guys should have compared Ali's Phantom punch vs Liston to Anderson Silva's Phantom punch vs Forrest Griffin they're VERY much the same both looked like they had no power

  • Please go back to supernatural

  • Please learn how to say February.

  • Do Chris benoit . Plz

  • Shane is a time-traveller: Check bottom-right, white shirt @02:55.... I mean, glasses and a mustache? He's not fooling anyone

  • You see Listins head swivel when he gets socked

  • What happened to Shane? I rly missed him...

  • Where's the other guy!?

  • I've always thought Ali got him right in the temple. I've never heard of this conspiracy before

  • Look up the "fight" between Ali and Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson.

  • You can see that he hits him. But how hard is the question.

  • Mr.ryan and shane do you actually reply to our comments just saying cause i wanna join your journey on buzzfeed unsolved supernatural i really do and i love your videos 😀😀😀

  • You guys take suggestions?...Is from the wrestling world

  • Where is shane

  • where is shane ?when will the supernatural series will begin

  • That blonde guy is kind of annoying...

  • They should do a Unsolved video on the avengers 4 title.

  • It's not a sports conspiracy but still can you guys do a video about Kolkata's Skeleton case?

  • Talk and talk and talk what about George foreman, joe Frazier,Cleveland Williams, ernie terrel,joe bugner,henry kooper..... Ali was the greatest simple and clear that’s the theory .

  • You Did a video about the death of Tupac Shakur why dont you do a video about XXX TENTACION THE LEGEND

  • pacman and mayweather

  • I dont fully get it. There definitely was a punch! And it landed!! You can see Liston's ear shake and everything. Further Liston was in a forward movement therefore adding to the impact of a rather weak hit. Ive watched a lot of boxing and MMA and ive seen guys go K.O from less then that.. Given, it wasn't quite the epic knock out one would expect and it doesnt proof if the fight was rigged or not but the punch 100% hit the left side of Liston's head. May I remind you on the McGregor vs. Aldo fight? Aldo was caught off guard mid forward movement in an instabil fighting stance and went straight k.o. ...things like that happen all the time.

  • I reckon it clearly connected.. but idk I know that a punch doesn't have to have a lot of force behind to really put someone down but still... Listons reaction seemed a bit much


  • Sonny was high during the fight ..Ali caught him with a punch he didn't see, ..The ones you dont see be the ones that hurt you

  • Go back to unsolved paranormal WITH Shane and not this random guy!!!!

  • You should do the Casey Anthony case

  • Did they do any tests to make sure that he was healthy??? Not concussion but his leg I wish that there was a meriwether vs. Ali

  • Hi, can you do Xxxtentacion's murder case plz


  • Watch the video in slo-mo... Ali connected fairly hard right on the temple, certainly enough to KO someone. And the fact that Liston rolled over isn't very strange at all, that happens fairly often. He couldn't or wouldn't continue.

  • Can you do a BuzzFeed Unsloved Sports Conspiray On The Montreal ScrewJob

  • 13:53 some fucken retards suggest the crazy assertion that Ali won because he was better!!!!

  • I wish Shane would be back

  • Tonya Harding, I know that there’s already I, Tonya but I want to see the BuzzFeed unsolved interpretation of what happened

  • Fights fixed for sure

  • I'm sorry but I can't watch sports..

  • Do the casey Anthony trial

  • mannnnnnn.....i miss shane.

  • this season is bad. pls pick a better topic next time

  • maaaan islam is not a nation it is so annoying

  • Are they going to do Unsolved supernatural soon????

  • No!! Kick that Zack guy out and have Shane be in this!! I’m furious!!

  • You guys should do one on horse racing.

  • Where’s the supernatural and crime? I haven’t started the sports conspiracies yet but I’m sure it’s good!

  • Might be a bit darker of a sports mystery, and maybe not a mystery at all, but you guys ever consider the Chris Benoit tragedy? I know there's a pretty clear ending that happened, but there's lots of weird evidence, and a few alternate theories on what happened, that I think would be interesting to go over