In preparation for his title defense at UFC 165, Saturday, Jon Jones raised eyebrows by stating he would be open to fighting one of the Klitschko brothers, not in a mixed martial arts bout but an actual boxing match.
The comments came at a media luncheon held Friday in downtown Los Angeles.
"The thought of boxing has become way more real to me," Jones said during an interview with Fox 11's James Koh.
"One of the Klitschko brothers," Jones said regarding a possible opponent. "It's been something I've really, really been thinking about and maybe we can entertain that in the future."
"Why not take the shot? Why not give you the chance to be great, to be a world champion in two different sports," Jones said. "So yeah, a lot of people may think I'm crazy for even thinking about it but the only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves and I just don't believe in limiting myself."
"I have a great chin on me, intelligence, work ethic," Jones said. "I believe in studying my opponents and basically if you break down your opponent and you surround yourself with the right people, I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to compete with those guys. You never know, maybe even come out with a victory."
Jones said the idea is just that, an idea. No hard plans have been set and admits that making a transition to boxing would require a 2 to 3 year training camp.
Meanwhile, in studying his next opponent in Alexander Gustafsson, Jones said he has been unimpressed with the fighting spirit of the 6 foot 5 inch Swede.
"Phil Davis took his soul, took his heart, took his will to fight away in under five minutes," Jones said. "He tapped out with less than 10 seconds left. I think he was being choked for only 2 seconds, so that showed me that he got claustrophobic in there, he was uncomfortable, basically his will to fight was over. That tells me a lot about his character and what type of heart he has."
"He's mentioned that he needs to stick and move and I think it does show about his psychology," Jones said. "I think stick and move is a psychology of the insecure fighter. It shows me he may feel inferior somewhere in his heart and if that's in there I will draw it out of him."
UFC 165 is Saturday and available on pay-per-view.