(Dos Santos went on to claim that Hayden Panettiere “could get it.” / Photo via Getty)
It’s no big mystery why MMA fighters from Anderson Silva to Quinton Jackson have voiced their desires to transition into boxing. For one thing, the potential paydays are bigger. (In theory at least, though not necessarily for guys like Silva and Rampage, who aren’t draws in boxing.) Also, there’s no chance that a half-feral Brazilian will tear your knee off in a boxing match. I’m not saying that boxing is easier than MMA, but you don’t have to worry about takedown defense, and nobody expects you to cut 25 pounds of water to be “competitive.” Sounds like a vacation compared to what MMA fighters have to go through.
But of course, boxing and MMA are completely different sports, being great at one doesn’t mean you’d be great at the other, blah blah blah, etc. I mean you’d have to be a total fucking moron to think you can just cross the combat sports Mason-Dixon line and start beating champions, right? Right?? Well somebody needs to send that memo to UFC heavyweight title contender Junior Dos Santos, who just threw down the gauntlet in facepalm-worthy fashion, claiming that he has the skills to beat Wladimir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko at their own game.
“I think if they give me four months to get prepared, I can beat them,” Dos Santos said on The MMA Hour yesterday. “In the beginning of my all my camps, I do just boxing. I love to train boxing and I think I have enough skills in boxing. I know how to see a good fight. Four months, that’s what I need.”
Dos Santos mentioned that he’s already mentioned this to Dana White, and plans on bringing up the subject to his boss again, because he’s serious about it. (“Now everybody is saying this, everybody wants to fight with boxing guys. It’s become not sincere. When I say that, I’m sincere.”)
As some of you may know, there’s a self-promoting heavyweight boxer out there named Tyson Fury who claims he can beat Cain Velasquez in an MMA fight. He’s full of shit. So is Junior Dos Santos if he really believes he can hang with boxing’s elite. At least Kimbo Slice has the right idea: Beat up some absolute nobodies for a while, and maybe, if things go right, you can one day set up a superfight against Butterbean. That’s a man who knows his limitations, and I respect him for it. Anybody else think JDS should just stick to what he’s good at?