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‘I had a hard time getting up’ – UFC main event says ex-NBA player allegedly ‘booed’ him in practice

Ryan Spann says Deron Williams is no joke when it comes to training on the mat and when he describes him as “a strong man”.

Ryan Spann is a contender in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His last fight was against Anthony Smith on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 192 where he lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.

Spann has revealed in the past that he trains with three-time NBA All-Star win and two-time Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams.

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“One day, Deron slapped me one day. I am very serious. You can call him and ask him, “he said.

“I was training to fight, and the coach was like, “Deron, come in,” Spann explained. “Besides, I already knew he was with her, and I knew who she was, but I didn’t go with her. I thought it was my second or third round with a new body, and I put Deron in it, I said, ‘Oh shit, nice, I’m getting a round.’ I had no idea Deron had ever fought. Moreover, he was around 230 years old at the time. “

Until Deron was on top of me and I had trouble getting up, and the coach was looking at me and saying, ‘I’ve been working with him for a few years. Do you think you will finish this round? “He found me, but the next round I hit him with my right hand and he hasn’t stopped me since.”

Training with Williams


Spann also revealed that at the time of this incident, in or around 2018, William had an interest in fighting former NFL heavyweight champion (and current UFC heavyweight) Greg Hardy. Spann believes Williams’ better performance will disrupt Jake Paul’s boxing, his last fight with an NBA player ending in an incredible knockout.

Williams, a 6’3” point guard, was drafted into the NBA by Utah Jazz for a third nomination in 2005. He spent six years with the Jazz, earning two All-NBA Second Team nominations. In 2011, he was sold to the New Jersey Nets, which would later become the Brooklyn Nets. Four years later with the Net, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent. In 2017, he signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams retired after that contract expired, aged just 33.

Before devoting himself to basketball, Williams had a promising career in wrestling. He won two Texas regional competitions in elementary and middle school. A lifelong MMA fan, Williams is one of the owners of Fortis MMA in Dallas, Texas.

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