Basketball: UFC fanboy Steven Adams happy to stick to NBA over Octagon

Steven Adams may be a big fight fan, but the Kiwi NBA star has ruled out a post-basketball career switch to mixed martial arts.

Adams is well versed in UFC history and attended his first live show in Brooklyn last year.

Given Adams' athletic ability and size, swapping the court for the Octagon wouldn't be such a stretch, following in the footsteps of former NFL players Herschel Walker, Greg Hardy and Matt Mitrione.

But Adams told the Ariel Helwani MMA Show, he's happy just being a fight geek.

"No way, bro," Adams said. "I'd be a heavyweight and would have to go up against someone like Derrick Lewis - that's scary, mate. 

Derrick Lewis (left) squares off with Mark Hunt
Derrick Lewis (left) squares off with Mark Hunt Photo credit: Photosport

"No chance - no way."

Adams has family history with UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. One of his sisters was a childhood friend with 'The Last Stylebender', when they were growing up together in Rotorua.

Adesanya and teammate Dan Hooker attended an Adams charity event in Auckland last year, but the Oklahoma City Thunder centre insisted he was the one star gazing.

"Israel is actually really close with my sister," he told Helwani, who hosts one of MMA's leading podcasts. "We are from the same hometown back in the days.

"Izzy is a bit older than me, and I remember him and my sister being friends all through high school. 

"They were both into their hip-hop dancing back then.

"The relationship is more me respecting Izzy as an elder, rather than proclaiming he's my boy.

"I tried to be really cool and play it off with him like it was no big deal, but that was super exciting."