KEY POINTS

  • Former UFC champ Jon Jones has teased about transitioning to pro wrestling
  • Jones' Jackson Wink teammate Claressa Shields said the UFC star is more likely to switch to pro boxing
  • Shields thinks Jones would be "dangerous" as a boxer

After spending a few weeks training with Jon Jones, Claressa Shields revealed that the former UFC light heavyweight champ is likely to make a switch from MMA to professional boxing.

Shields is preparing for her MMA debut in 2021 under the Professional Fighters League (PFL) banner. The undefeated boxing champ has decided to join the world-renowned Jackson Wink MMA Academy and is now teammates with UFC star Jones.

Jones and Shields seem to be enjoying a great working relationship as training partners. In fact, the latter even hinted at the possibility that the UFC star could be making a transition to pro boxing in the future.

“I can see Johnny Bones [Jones] making a transition from MMA to boxing,” Shields recently told Heavy.com. “Heavyweight boxing. That’s what I see.”

Earlier this year, Jones, who is set to move up to UFC's heavyweight division, teased that a move to pro wrestling could be inevitable, suggesting a WWE debut even as a “special guest.”

“I’ve always respected WWE, and I feel like the sports can be so similar,” the 33-year-old told Sports Illustrated. “I have the size and athleticism and the following to transition over [WWE] really well. To get the opportunity to just show up, even as a special guest, would be a dream come true.”

However, Shields is certain that Jones would consider pro boxing over the WWE as soon as things start to play out for him.

“I don’t see WWE,” the Olympic gold medalist pointed out. “To me, that’s more like a clown show, the WWE.”

For Shields, the 13-time UFC champ is a “serious” type of person who has the potential to become a threat in pro boxing as well.

“Johnny Bones is a serious person especially when it comes to training and his teaching,” the 25-year-old revealed. “We’ve had two classes where I spent countless hours with Johnny Bones and he was teaching me and breaking stuff down that looked so complex, but breaking it down into 1-2-3-4, breaking it down into steps from the beginning.”

“So I look at him as a serious guy,” she emphasized. “So if I was to show (Jones) what I know in boxing and show me what he knows in MMA, I believe that when he learns these simple basics with his hands and how to stand. Aw man. I think he would be so freakin’ dangerous in boxing because he’s really just, inside that cage. I mean, we all seen it. He’s a dangerous guy.”

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Jon Jones is a heavy favorite to win when he returns to the octagon. Getty
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