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NBA Champion, Who Body-Slammed Shaquille O’Neal as a Teenager, Reveals Big Dana White Favor That Helped Him: “He Let Me Train in the UFC Facility for Years”

Published 08/05/2022, 11:17 AM EDT

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NBA champion and former teammate of legend, Shaquille O’Neal, who was infamously known for slamming the latter, revealed how the UFC supremo, Dana White, helped him with his MMA training.

White is one of the wealthiest and most prominent fight promoters in the combat sports business. Therefore, he has a connection with famous people, even outside the MMA community.


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One of the people with who the UFC president has a good relationship with is the former Celtics player Glen Davis. The 36-year-old during his teenage years, body slammed O’Neal in a friend’s backyard. He is now about to make his boxing debut.

In a recent interview with Vlad TV, Davis revealed he has been training MMA for over 11 years now. The ex-NBA player also added that White, who is a good friend of his, has been allowing him to train him in the UFC facility, which has helped him a lot in the sport.

“You know, I have been boxing and training MMA for 11 years. You know, I mean a lot of people know that. Dana White is a good friend of mine. He let me train in the UFC facility for years…” Davis said. 


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“MMA guys helped me, Michael Lewis. I mean, you know Dana’s always been a good friend of mine. I have been in the boxing world, you know. Boxing, wrestling, you know, Jiu-Jitsu,” Davis further added. 

Who is NBA champion Glen Davis fighting against in his boxing debut?

Glen Davis was about to make his professional boxing debut on the undercard of the Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. event, which was scheduled for August. Albeit, the event got canceled after Paul’s opponent pulled out of the bout because of contractual reasons.


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However, the former NBA player revealed in the same interview that he will compete in December in an event. He also added that his boxing debut will be against former UFC fighter Roy Nelson.


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At present, there has been no official announcement about his opponent. Hence, it might change in the future.


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What are your thoughts on Davis’ relations with the UFC head Dana White? Are you guys excited about his boxing debut? Who do you guys think he will fight? Let us know in the comments below.



Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar