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Basketball player with short-lived NBA career tries luck in an MMA cage


  • Royce White to try his luck in MMA at LFA 120 when he faces ex-footballer
  • White is a former NBA player but only played seven minutes with the Sacramento Kings
  • His opponent is a little ahead of White in terms of combat experience

Another former NBA player will try to strut around the combat sports arena, and it will happen this Friday, December 10 under Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) rules.

Royce White, a name NBA fans may barely remember, will debut at LFA 120, which takes place at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

White began his transition to mixed martial arts in 2019. This happened when he announced his book titled “MMA x NBA, A Critique of Modern Sport in America”.

White may be an unknown to most, but he was the Houston Rockets’ 16th round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

He never played a single game for the Rockets in his rookie season. He officially played in the league with the Sacramento Kings.

Unfortunately, this stint with the Kings was hardly relevant.

His last appearance in the NBA was in the 2013-14 season, and his only notable statistic was to commit two fouls in seven minutes of action.

After his second 10-day contract with the Kings expired, no new offers came.

In his first cage mission, the 30-year-old will face former footballer Daiqwon Buckley.

Buckley previously played football for Temple University. Compared to White, he’s already competed inside the cage and shared both of his appearances, MMA Junkie reported.

Buckley lost on his debut to Lance Moore at PA Cage Fight 25 in August 2016, but rebounded in his second outing by submitting Austin Swoyer in the third round at PA Cage Fight 28 in April 2017.

Like White, other NBA players have already made the jump to the combat sports scene. This list includes Nate Robinson, Lamar Odom, and Deron Williams.

Roger Mason Jr. # 8 of the New Orleans Hornets leads the ball around Royce White # 30 of the Houston Rockets Photo: Getty Images | Chris Graythen

White’s MMA debut will come about a week before Williams takes on former NFL player Frank Gore in a four-round heavyweight boxing bout, one of the star attractions of the Undercard. Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley clash.

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