Jordan Burroughs has hinted at the idea of competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) for some time now.
And after the 2020 Olympics, it may be a reality.
If mainstream MMA fans didn’t know who Burroughs was before he ran roughshod over Ben Askren at Beat the Streets: Grapple at the Garden earlier this month, they certainly do now.
The 30-year-old Olympic champion will look to win gold in the 2020 games in Tokyo and then and only then will he entertain a career in MMA.
“It’s exciting. I can’t deny it, I can’t deny it at all,” Burroughs said on The MMA Hour. “There was a period of time early in my career where I was like, I’m gonna definitely fight. I definitely want to be a part of this lifestyle. Then there was a period of time where I had so much success in the sport of wrestling and I was like, I don’t really need fighting. I’m good, I’m doing well financially, I’ve got a solid following. I’ve got a family, I’m healthy, I’m good.
“Now I’ve arrived at a place too where I’m seeing all of these guys that I once trained alongside become champions—and this is not a shot at any of those dudes—but if these guys can become champion, then I know I can become a champion because I possess all the same qualities that these guys possess. It’s exciting, it’s exciting. It’s something that I’d definitely consider. If I do consider fighting, it won’t be until after the Olympic games in 2020, and then from there I’ll reevaluate, see if it’s something that would be a realistic option for me.”
If Burroughs has it his way, he will be a two-time Olympic gold medalist before he ever sets foot in the Octagon.