Royce White signs with Paradigm Sports Management

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Former NBA player and first-round draft selection of the Houston Rockets, Royce White is transitioning to MMA full time, signs with Paradigm Sports Management for full-service representation


April 10, 2019:


(Irvine, CA) Former NBA player and first-round draft selection for the Houston Rockets, Royce White, is transitioning to MMA full time, signing with Paradigm Sports Management for full-service representation. The 27-year-old was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in 2012, and instantly became an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness in the NBA and beyond.


The 6-foot-8 point forward competes at approximately 265 pounds and will be competing in the Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight division.


White, a native of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, announced his goal to become a professional MMA fighter and future UFC Heavyweight champion in his new book “MMA x NBA: A Critique of Modern Sport in America”. Royce began MMA training at the start of 2019, under famed MMA coach Greg Nelson. About the transition to MMA and signing with Paradigm Sports Management, Royce White said; "I’ve always been a fan of the fight game since I was young. It’s the purest form of competence there is. I played point guard as a 265-pounder in the NCAA. In order to do so, not only do you need to have great court vision and awareness, you also need great tempo and great footwork…Those things naturally translate to the fight game. I am excited to be working with Tim Simpson and Paradigm Sports Management, and I have full confidence in my team as we take the next steps in my athletic career.  Thank you to all my supporters, friends and family - the fight continues."


Paradigm Sports’ MMA Manager Tim Simpson had the following to say; “We are truly honored to start working with Royce on this new exciting journey into the world of MMA, and we are excited to see his athletic prowess transfer inside the cage. Royce is one of the best basketball players in the world. It’s incredible to see Royce so motivated and focused on this next step in his career, and we can’t wait to see him excel as a Mixed Martial Artist”.


Royce White is the first former NBA player on Paradigm Sports Management’s roster joining the world of MMA. Paradigm is excited about adding another one of the world’s best athletes to the roster and the opportunity to help Royce develop his MMA career to its’ full potential.

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