ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

Add Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams to the growing list of stars and athletes who've become hardcore mixed martial arts fans.

Dallas News reports that the NBA veteran has recently opened up a new training facility in Texas called Fortis MMA. Williams is apparently a huge fan and watches every single bout on Fight Pass.

"I don't miss fights," he told Dallas News.

The basketball star isn't just a fan of the sport, he's also a martial arts practitioner who takes fighting very seriously. Williams, who wrestled for years as a kid, is even entertaining the possibility of stepping in the cage once his time on the court comes to an end, although he may just stick to Brazilian jiu-jitsu matches.

"I think it would be realistic," Williams said. "My coach wants me to fight [in the cage]. I don't know about that. I will do some jiu-jitsu grappling tournaments."

As for Williams' new training facility, it's a pretty sweet 7,000-square-foot gym that's filled will all kinds of amenities, including 60-inch TVs for fight nights, a projector screen, and even a putting green. There's plenty of mats, bags, and workout equipment too, of course.

Williams isn't the first NBA star to take a liking to MMA.

Shaquille O'Neal has been an avid UFC fan for years and likes to get some time on the mats as well. Last year, Shaq was spotted training with lightweight Nate Diaz during a grappling session.

Blake Griffin also got a chance to grapple with a UFC lightweight in an awesome video with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone for Red Bull last year.

Which NBA star do you want to see in the Octagon? Let us know in the comments below.


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