Josh Jauncey is one of the best kickboxers in the world right now, but come next year, the kickboxer could be transitioning to professional MMA.
One huge reason behind the career switch for Jauncey is that being a kickboxer isn’t finncially solvent at the moment.
"It's always been in the back of my mind, but I've always wanted to accomplish so much more in kickboxing," Jauncey said to The Score. "But with the landscape of kickboxing at the moment, and as I get older, it's not looking like the best option financially. At this age, I could potentially switch over to MMA and start making a lot more money. And instead of accomplishing what I wanted to accomplish in kickboxing, I could do it in MMA."
There is no word yet on when Jauncey, who is the #1 ranked lightweight in Glory, could make his pro MMA debut.
Jauncey admits that he didn’t enjoy the MMA training at first, but he is getting better while training with Bibiano Fernandes.
"At first, I didn't enjoy it too much, because I'm a sore person," Jauncey said. "I expect a lot of myself, so if I don't meet my own expectations, I get frustrated with myself. But as the weeks have gone on, Bibiano has been (talking about) my improvements, and he's not a guy that's easily impressed. I can see he's having a harder time doing certain things, and he's getting frustrated trying to submit me. Obviously, every time he will submit me if he wants to, but I can see him having a slightly harder time."