British super-middleweight boxer George Groves has admitted he “wouldn’t rule out” a switch to UFC later down the line of his career.
The 27-year-old told Standard Sport about his Mixed Martial Art ambitions.
“I certainly wouldn’t rule it out [a move to UFC]. I’d love to have a crack at it, but I’d want to give myself a proper go.”
“I’d want to give a good account of myself. It wouldn’t be a quick thing. I’d dedicate some time to getting ready before I had my first fight.”
His most recent outing saw him stop Andrea Di Luisa inside five rounds in January, and he has been already mixing disciplines in training.
He revealed: “I do train from guys with MMA backgrounds, jiu jitsu, Greco wrestling. It’s great exercise – it’s fun. It’s good to do something new and something a bit different.”
“I’m keeping all my options open, getting a bit of wrestling in when I can and stuff like that.”
Groves added: “There’s always kick boxers in the gym. Sometimes they make great boxing sparring partners because they have a different rhythm and a different style that you have to contend with,”
Groves became a fan of the UFC late to the game and the British boxer praised the unpredictable nature of the sport as prime factor for it’s popularity.
He said: “There’s some stars emerging but where it’s still relatively new some of these stars are getting a little bit found out. Like McGregor got beat. In boxing there’s great fighters who never get beat or there’s never a shock or an upset.”
“So that’s an attribute to the sport more than anything else – you get behind a guy and you never know what’s going to happen.”
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran