Ex-NBA Player White Eyes UFC
Royce White, former NBA first round pick, has decided to transition into Mixed Martial Arts.
“I’m one of the best athletes in the world,” White told ESPN. “Among the NBA community, part of my appeal as a draft prospect was my unique size, athleticism, vision and that I probably have one of the 10 biggest set of hands in the NBA. I think all of those things will translate beautifully to the UFC.”
The 27 year-old ex Houston Rocket, released a book this month entitled “MMA x NBA: A Critique of Modern Sport in America,” and has been training since the summer of 2018.
White was drafted by the Houston Rockets 16th overall in 2012, but would never take the court during the regular season due to major issues with severe anxiety disorder and a severe fear of flying.
White would get past his issues, but has bounced around the NBA Summer League and overseas leagues since playing for the Sacramento Kings in 2013.
“I’ve always been a fan of the fight game since I was young,” White said. “I played point guard as a 265-pounder in the NCAA. In order to do so, not only do you have to have great court vision, you have to have great tempo and great footwork.
“Those things naturally translate to the fight game. I’m excited about it, but more so than anything, I’m excited about learning this thing that I’ve loved from the sidelines for so long, and applying it.”
Initial Report: ESPN