After shifting to fight sports after years of playing NBA ball, Deron Williams made waves after he won over ex-NFL player Frank Gore.

Both tangled last December with the 37-year-old former NBA player winning via split decision, ESPN reported. Two judges scored the fight in Williams' favor, 40-35 and 38-37. The third judge scored the fight for Gore, 38-37.

After his win over Gore, Williams said that it was a one-and-done fight for him. However, not all are convinced that the 6-foot-3 guard is finished with combat sports.

Williams is no stranger when it comes to getting involved in skirmishes during his NBA days. Among the players he jawed with include the late Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Corey Maggette.

Curiously, Williams said that if he would get it on with any NBA player, it was not among those mentioned. Rather, it was surprisingly a former teammate of his, Dahntay Jones when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sports Illustrated reported.

“Couldn’t stand him because he always tripped me. Always played hard on D. Was one of those guys that tried to get under your skin and I would’ve said him until I played with him in Cleveland and he became my boy. I love Dahntay, but before that it was probably him,” Williams said.

Since retiring from basketball, Williams has gotten himself into combat sports. Hence, the opportunity to showcase what he has learned was a no-brainer.

“Look, I’ve been training for years,” Williams stated. “Part of MMA is, of course, boxing. This opportunity came and I just felt like if it was here and I passed it up, that I’d kick myself for it.”

Although he says he is done with fight sports, not all are buying it. That may depend on who he could face, not to mention the money that he could earn if ever he does reconsider taking the ring again.

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