Deron Williams Opens MMA Gym in Dallas, Wants to Compete After NBA Career

November 30th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »
Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams isn't on the cusp of becoming a two-sport athlete, but his intense interest in mixed martial arts has led him to invest in a new gym called Fortis MMA in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas.  

According to the Dallas Morning News' Mark Francescutti, Williams is partnering with the gym in hopes of prepping for potential bouts once his basketball career is over. 

"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."

Williams added that while he doesn't believe his contract with the Mavericks explicitly prohibits participation in MMA events, it would be risky to compete based on the way deals are often constructed. 

"I don't think there is something specifically for MMA, but there is language that could get you into trouble," Williams said, per Francescutti. "You can't ride a motorcycle. You can't ski. If you got hurt playing football, you could definitely void your contract or face a fine."

Williams, 32, hasn't been able to avoid injuries ...

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