Olympic Taekwondo champion Jade Jones tempted by future MMA switch

For now, the 23-year-old is aiming to add to her gold medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016 by claiming a historic hat-trick at the Tokyo 2020 Games

Thursday 08 December 2016 16:43
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Jones claimed gold in the 57kg category at the Rio Olympics
Jones claimed gold in the 57kg category at the Rio Olympics

Great Britain's two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones could be tempted to make the switch to mixed martial arts in the future.

The 23-year-old is aiming to add to her gold medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016 by claiming a historic hat-trick at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

And regarding what might follow her taekwondo career, Jones told the BBC: "I'm not going to lie, it's tempting to think 'what else is out there' and in MMA people earn millions.

"It's hard to get sponsors and make money in taekwondo, but I just love it.

"Maybe in the future I'll go to MMA after I've retired from taekwondo, but for now, no-one in the sport has ever got three Olympic gold medals, so I have to continue to (try to) get that."

American Ronda Rousey took up MMA, going on to become a UFC champion, after earning a judo bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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