Former NBA player Royce White’s MMA debut did not go as planned.
On Friday night, on the LFA 120 main card, White (0-1) made his professional MMA debut against fellow rookie Daiqwon Buckley in a heavyweight contest.
The event took place at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and was broadcast on UFC Fight Pass.
White, who was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2012, announced his transition to the MMA cage in 2019 after being sidelined by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013-14 season.
Buckley (1-0), a former college football player, is quite the athlete himself who made an intriguing clash for both fighters before Friday night.
The height difference was shocking as the 6-foot-8 White towered over Buckley by 5-foot-11 inside the cage. However, as the fight unfolded, the height difference was made up for by Buckley’s wrestling coached by Sanford MMA.
White showed some flashes of potential as a fighter throughout the fight. He displayed a quick left hand jab and good kicking techniques. When the fight was brought to the mat, he showed his ability to work from his back to get the fight back into place.
Ultimately, Buckley’s wrestling told the story of the contest. The stockiest fighter was able to climb onto White’s legs and bring the fight to the canvas multiple times over three rounds, leading to a unanimous decision victory for the former college footballer.
All three judges saw the fight in Buckley’s favor, with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
The most recent results from the LFA 120 include:
- Daiqwon Buckley beat. Royce White via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Felipe Martinez beat. Henry Huff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Billy Elekana beat. Jeff Nielsen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)