NBA first-round draft pick Royce White faces collegiate football player Daiqwon Buckley at LFA 120

December 8, 2021 11:00 am.






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LAS VEGAS, LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion’s final event of 2021 has added an intriguing heavyweight bout between a former NBA basketball player and a former college football player.

LFA 120 takes place this Friday, December 10th at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The main event will feature a women’s flyweight title fight between top Brazilian prospect Mayra Cantuária and top Canadian prospect Jamey-Lyn Horth. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“We are excited to add White vs. Buckley to an already stacked year-end fight card at LFA 120,” stated Soares. “White is a former NBA basketball player that loves MMA. Fight fans have been eagerly awaiting his debut ever since he announced he was going to make the transition to the sport. He will face former college football player Daiqwon Buckley, who will also be making his pro MMA debut at LFA 120.”

Tickets for LFA 120: Cantuária vs. Horth are available for purchase now at

Royce White (0-0) will be making his highly-anticipated MMA debut after announcing his intentions of transitioning to the sport nearly three years ago. The Minneapolis native made a name for himself in the sport of basketball, where he was a 2012 NBA first-round draft pick by the Houston Rockets. Prior to playing professional basketball, White played basketball collegiately at Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota.

In early 2019, White released a book titled, “MMA x NBA, A Critique of Modern Sport in America”, and formally made the announcement that he was transitioning to MMA. Later that year, White was the first overall pick in the draft for Ice Cube’s Big3 3-on-3 basketball league.
Now the Minnesotan is fully focused on MMA. The 6’8″, 265-pound powerhouse impressed NBA scouts with his athleticism, unique skill set, and hands. He had the widest hands of any player at the 2012 NBA Draft Combine — 11.5 inches (29.2 cm).

Those same attributes now have MMA pundits buzzing about White’s fighting potential. They will be put to the test against another decorated athlete, who is also making the transition to MMA. That would be former Temple University fullback Daiqwon Buckley (0-0), who made a name for himself at the NCAA Division I football program playing alongside P.J. Walker for head coach Matt Rhule. Walker and Rhule are now the quarterback and head coach for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL.

Main Card (Available worldwide on UFC Fight Pass):

Main Event | Women’s Flyweight Title Bout (125 lb)
Mayra Cantuária (9-3) vs. Jamey-Lyn Horth (4-0)

Co-Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lb)
Bruno Assis (11-5) vs. Jalin Fuller (5-0)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Tony Laramie (5-2) vs. Tyus White (4-0)

Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)
Royce White (0-0) vs. Daiqwon Buckley (0-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)
Olivia Beeskau (1-0) vs. Rachel Martinez (0-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
Felipe Martinez (3-1) vs. Henry Huff (4-1)

Preliminary Card:

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)
Jeff Nielsen (0-0) vs. Billy Elekana (2-0)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Sean Stebbins (2-1) vs. Miguel Sanson (1-0)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
Mitchell McKee (0-0) vs. Frank Posko (0-1)

Catchweight Bout (140 lb)
Quang Le (1-0) vs. Austin Robinson (0-0)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Dylan Willey (0-0) vs. Coty Milhausen (0-0)

In 2017, RFA and Legacy FC merged to form LFA, the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts. The combined forces of LFA launched the careers of over 250 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In 2018, the promotion joined the Imperial Family Companies group (formerly London Trust Media). In 2019, the promotion announced a broadcast partnership with UFC FIGHT PASS®. In 2021, the LFA expanded internationally by hosting multiple events in Brazil.

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This post was written by Ryan Bevins