Jon Jones

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Jon Jones
Jon Jones - Supporting Brain Health Study.jpg
BornJonathan Dwight Jones[1][2]
(1987-07-19) July 19, 1987 (age 27)[3]
Rochester, New York, United States[4]
Other namesBones[5]
ResidenceIthaca, New York[6]
NationalityAmerican[4]
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[5][7]
Weight204.6 lb (92.8 kg; 14.61 st)[8]
DivisionLight Heavyweight (205 lb)[5]
Reach84.5 inches (2.15 m)[5]
StyleGreco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Muay Thai, Gaidojutsu
Fighting out ofEndicott, NY, United States[4]
TeamJackson's MMA[3]
TrainerRob Richard
RankBlack belt in Gaidojutsu
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins20
By knockout9
By submission6
By decision5
Losses1
By disqualification1
UniversityIowa Central Community College[9]
Notable relativesArthur Jones (brother)[10]
Chandler Jones (brother)[10]
Notable school(s)Union-Endicott High School[11]
Websitewww.jonnybones.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 20, 2011
 
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Jon Jones
Jon Jones - Supporting Brain Health Study.jpg
BornJonathan Dwight Jones[1][2]
(1987-07-19) July 19, 1987 (age 27)[3]
Rochester, New York, United States[4]
Other namesBones[5]
ResidenceIthaca, New York[6]
NationalityAmerican[4]
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[5][7]
Weight204.6 lb (92.8 kg; 14.61 st)[8]
DivisionLight Heavyweight (205 lb)[5]
Reach84.5 inches (2.15 m)[5]
StyleGreco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Muay Thai, Gaidojutsu
Fighting out ofEndicott, NY, United States[4]
TeamJackson's MMA[3]
TrainerRob Richard
RankBlack belt in Gaidojutsu
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins20
By knockout9
By submission6
By decision5
Losses1
By disqualification1
UniversityIowa Central Community College[9]
Notable relativesArthur Jones (brother)[10]
Chandler Jones (brother)[10]
Notable school(s)Union-Endicott High School[11]
Websitewww.jonnybones.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 20, 2011

Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones[1][2] (born July 19, 1987[3]) is an American mixed martial artist. He is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. When he won the title in March 2011, he became the youngest champion in UFC history.[12] As of December 2012, he was ranked as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by various media outlets.[13][14] He was also ranked the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by multiple publications.[15][16][17] As of August 2014, he is #1 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.[18] Despite his age, many analysts list him alongside some of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before beginning his MMA career, Jones was a stand-out high school wrestler and state champion at Union-Endicott High School in upstate New York.[19] He also played football as a defensive lineman, but due to his slight frame, his coach nicknamed him 'Bones'.[20] He won a national JUCO championship at Iowa Central Community College.[19] After transferring to Morrisville State College[21] he decided to drop out of college where he was studying Criminal Justice, to begin his MMA career.[22]

Jones made his professional MMA debut in April 2008.[19] He amassed an undefeated record of 6-0 over a period of three months, finishing all of his opponents. This brought him to the attention of the UFC, who asked him to take a fight as a late replacement on a two week notice in July 2008.[19]

In his last bout before signing with the UFC, Jones defeated Moyses Gabin at BCX 5 for the USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship.[19] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[23]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Jones's UFC debut came against Andre Gusmão at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008. Jones took the fight on two weeks' notice as a late replacement for Arbee (The Filipino Samurai) Rapay.[19] He put on an impressive performance, using takedowns and displaying unorthodox striking, such as spinning elbows and a spinning back kick. Jones took a unanimous decision victory.[24][25]

In his second fight, Jones fought veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009. Jones showed superior wrestling abilities and executed strong takedowns and powerful throws including a suplex. Again showing unorthodox striking as he had in his debut, Jones secured one of Bonnar's legs and landed a back-elbow that nearly knocked out his opponent during the first round. Although he appeared to tire in the third round, Jones held on to win another unanimous decision victory.[26][27]

Jones' third fight was against Jake O'Brien at UFC 100[28] on July 11, 2009. Jones controlled the majority of the fight by stuffing takedown attempts from his opponent. Jones stayed on the outside, exercising his reach advantage and finding his range toward the end of the first round with his right jab and high and low kicks. Halfway through the second round, Jones ducked and spun to deliver another one of his signature back-elbows that struck the top of O'Brien's head. Jones eventually secured a modified guillotine choke which rendered his opponent briefly unconscious just after he tapped.[29][30]

In September 2009, Jones was rewarded for his victories by signing a new four-fight contract with the UFC.[31]

On December 5, 2009, Jones faced off against fellow light heavyweight prospect Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale. Despite dominating the fight, Jones was disqualified[32] for the use of multiple 12-6 elbows. The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts prohibit downward elbow strikes, and Jones was initially only penalized a point from the round.[33] However, because Hamill could not continue due to a dislocated shoulder,[34] Jones was disqualified for these strikes. Consequently, the tape was reviewed and showed that Jones' elbows further damaged Hamill's already bloody and lacerated nose.[33] This marked the first time that Nevada has used its recently enacted instant replay rule, in which the referee's decision was supported by the commission, which utilized a slow-motion replay to review the elbows.[35] Jones fought Brandon Vera on March 21, 2010, at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.[36] He won the fight by TKO (elbow) caused by an elbow to Vera's face followed up with punches in the first round.[37] The elbow delivered to stop the fight also broke Vera's face in three places.[38] Jones also won the "Knockout of the Night" award.[39]

Jones defeated former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko by TKO due to elbows in 1:52 of the first round on August 1, 2010, at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko.[40] UFC President Dana White promised Jones a "huge step-up in the competition", if he managed to defeat Matyushenko.[41]

Following the fight with Matyushenko, White said, "Vladimir Matyushenko is a guy who I have a lot of respect for and I didn't think it was going to happen that easy. Jones is the real deal and he just catapulted himself tonight into the top eight in the world. Tonight solidified it. To go in and do what he did to Vladimir Matyushenko, and make it look as easy as he did tonight, it cements it for me. This kid is one of the top eight in the world in that weight division. He's got to keep his head together, stay focused and keep doing all the right things in training. He's smart, good looking and bad-ass. He's going to make a lot of money -- this kid is going to do very well. Right now in the 205-pound division, all these guys are fighting each other. When the smoke clears and the dust settles, Jon Jones will fight one of the top eight guys in the world for his next fight."[42]

After defeating Matyushenko, Jones stated that he wanted a "top-three opponent" for his next fight.[43]

Jones mentioned in an interview with Inside MMA that he would be facing the winner of Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader.[44] Reports that Jones had previously been offered a fight with Nogueira, but had turned down the opportunity,[45] turned out to be false.[46] In the Inside MMA interview, Jones also stated that he had been informed by Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta that if he finished his next two fights, he would likely receive a title shot.[44]

White soon confirmed that Jones would face undefeated Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader, on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126.[47] Jones handed Bader his first professional loss by defeating him via tap-out due to a guillotine choke in the second round after dominating Bader in the first round. Jones was awarded the "Submission of the Night" bonus.[48]

Following Jones' victory over Bader, it was revealed that title contender and Jones' training partner Rashad Evans had sustained a knee injury in training, and would not be able to compete in his scheduled match with UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Jones was told by Joe Rogan right after his bout had ended that he would replace Evans in the fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.[49]

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

At UFC 128, Jones defeated Rua by TKO at 2:37 of round 3 to become the youngest UFC champion ever. After an early flying knee that badly hurt the champion, Shogun was dominated throughout the three rounds. A body shot and knee to the head dropped the champion to his knees, causing the referee to swiftly step in and halt the bout.[50]

His first title defense was expected to be on August 6, 2011, at UFC 133 against Rashad Evans,[51] his former friend and teammate,[52] but Jones was sidelined with a hand injury.[53] It was initially announced that the hand injury would require surgery, but Jones opted for rest and rehabilitation without surgery after further consultations with doctors.[54] Jones's injury was originally thought to keep him out of action until late 2011,[55] but he instead made his first title defense against Quinton Jackson on September 24, 2011, at UFC 135. Jones defeated Jackson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:14 in the 4th round.[56] In the process, he became the first UFC fighter to submit Jackson. Jones has described this as his favourite fight.[57]

Jones vs Evans was in the works for a second time and a bout was targeted for December 10, 2011, at UFC 140.[58] However, a lingering thumb injury cost another title opportunity for Evans, and Jones instead faced Lyoto Machida at the same event.[59] Jones successfully defended the light heavyweight title at UFC 140, stopping Machida at 4:26 of the second round via technical submission (guillotine choke), which caused Machida to collapse unconscious along the cage.[60] This was the first submission loss in Machida's career.

Jones defeated his arch rival and former teammate Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) on April 21, 2012, at UFC 145.[61]

During the UFC 145 post fight press conference Dana White confirmed that Jones's next opponent would be Dan Henderson.[62] The Jones-Henderson fight was expected to take place at UFC 151, but an injured Henderson pulled out of the bout,[63][64] Jones then refused a late replacement fight with Chael Sonnen after his coach Greg Jackson told him with three training days left it would be difficult to prepare.[65] UFC 151 was then subsequently cancelled. It was later reported that Henderson was injured three weeks prior to the announcement but kept the injury under wraps as he was still hoping to compete. However he was ultimately forced to withdraw following a final sparring session to evaluate his condition.[66]

A rematch with Lyoto Machida was then announced for September 22, 2012, at UFC 152.[67] Lyoto Machida, who was not contacted prior to the announcement, rejected the fight due to the lack of time to train before the bout.[68] Jones instead defended the championship against Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012, at UFC 152.[69] Jones opened as a massive favorite (13-to-1) coming into the bout.[69]

"it was not the finish that's the story of this evening. It's the refusal to be finished."

—Jeff Wagenheim on Jones' submission victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC 152[70]

Despite almost being submitted via armbar in round one, Jones successfully defended the belt against Belfort,[71][72] and equaled Chuck Liddell's number of title defenses.[73][74] Jones also won a $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus for his fourth-round finish of Belfort.[75]

Jones was chosen to coach opposite Chael Sonnen on Season 17 of the Ultimate Fighter. With a bout between the coaches taking place on April 27, 2013, at UFC 159.[76] Jones displayed a lack of interest in the bout and actively downplayed the contest, making it clear that he did not believe Sonnen was a fit contender. In an interview Sonnen did his best to drum up interest in the bout but Jones gave him the "silent treatment", and refused to make eye contact.[77] Jones made quick work of his challenger, finishing Sonnen via TKO in the first round. However, he dislocated a phalanx (big toe) on his left foot during the fight.[78][79][80][81] Jones is now tied with Tito Ortiz for having most consecutive title defenses in UFC light heavyweight history.[82]

Consecutive title defenses record (Light Heavyweight championship)

Jones faced Alexander Gustafsson on September 21, 2013, at UFC 165.[83] Jones was badly cut above the eye during the first round,[84] but he continued and eventually won the back-and-forth fight via controversial unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, and 49-46). After the match, Jones said Gustafsson gave him the toughest fight of his career and the champion and challenger were both sent to hospital for the injuries.[85] Both men suffered lacerations and facial swelling, though Jones' appeared to be worse for the wear. Both men were released from the hospital with no broken bones or serious injuries.[86][87]

With this win, Jones passed Tito Ortiz for the record of the most consecutive title defenses (six) of the UFC Light Heavyweight championship. The bout also earned both men the Fight of the Night bonus award.[88] The match received numerous positive characterizations: "an epic battle",[89][90] "instant-classic",[91] "Fight of the Year",[92] "Greatest light heavyweight title fight of all-time",[93] "one of the greatest fights in UFC history".[94]

Jones was expected to face Glover Teixeira on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169.[95] However on October 7, UFC President Dana White stated the announcement for this fight on that card was premature and that Jones and Teixeira would face each other on a different card.[96] On November 13, 2013 it was announced that Jones would defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 170, scheduled for February 22, 2014,[97] however the next day it was announced that the match had been scratched from the card.[98] On December 4, 2013 it was announced that Jones and Teixeira would face each other at UFC 171 on March 15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas,[99] however, the fight was moved again. Jones and Teixeira finally fought on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[100] Jones won the bout via unanimous decision.[101] [102]

On April 27, 2014, UFC President Dana White confirmed that a rematch with the champion Jon Jones would be next for Gustafsson, and stated the possibility of the match taking place in a stadium in Sweden on pay-per-view.[103][104] On May 24, 2014 it was indicated that the rematch would take place in Las Vegas on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[105] The statement, and the time and venue, wasn't official however, since Gustafsson was the only one who still had agreed to take the fight.[106][107] On June 2, the fight was still on hold, and UFC President Dana White explained the situation as: "Jones doesn't want to fight Gustafsson", Jones instead expressed his preference for fighting Daniel Cormier.[108][109][110]

On June 5, 2014, the UFC confirmed that the Jones/Gustafsson rematch would take place on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178.[111] However, Gustafsson was forced to pull out of the bout due to a torn meniscus. Jones was then expected to face replacement Daniel Cormier at UFC 178.[112] On August 12, 2014, it was announced that Jones had sustained a leg injury in training, forcing him out of UFC 178 in his scheduled fight against Cormier. The bout was rescheduled and will now take place on Jaunuary 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[113]

Training[edit]

Jones initially trained with Team BombSquad out of Cortland, New York, then briefly with the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada and most recently at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[114]

Personal life[edit]

Jones and his fiancée[115][116] have three daughters: Leah, who was born on July 11, 2008; Carmen Nicole Jones, born in December 2009, who was named after his late sister, Carmen; and a third daughter, Olivia Haven, born in 2013. Jones is a professed Christian.[117]

Jones is fan of the football team Vasco da Gama.

Jon's older brother, Arthur is an American football defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts. Jones's younger brother, Chandler, is a defensive lineman for the New England Patriots.[118] His older sister, Carmen, died of brain cancer before her eighteenth birthday.[119][120]

On March 19, 2011, Jones was en route to Great Falls Historic Park in Paterson, New Jersey,[121] where he planned to meditate several hours ahead of his fight against Maurício "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128. He was accompanied by his coaches Mike Winkeljohn and Greg Jackson. As their driver prepared to drop them off, Jones observed an elderly couple screaming for help. The woman informed Winkeljohn that a man had smashed her car window and had run off with her GPS. Jones, along with his two coaches, chased after the robber, caught and tripped him, and held him down until the police arrived.[122][123]

On August 8, 2012, Jones became the first mixed martial artist to be sponsored by Nike on an international scale. Anderson Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama have signed regional deals with Nike in the past, but Jones is the first to represent Nike globally.[124] He is also the first fighter in MMA history to have his own shoe line.[125] Jones is the first MMA fighter to represent Gatorade and MuscleTech in the Octagon.[126]

Controversies[edit]

On December 5, 2009 in his bout with Matt Hamill, Jon Jones was disqualified for using illegal elbows.

In the early morning of May 19, 2012, Jones drove his Bentley Continental GT into a pole in Binghamton, New York. Jones was arrested for driving under the influence and was bailed out several hours later by his mother.[127] He pled guilty to DUI charges and ended up paying a $1,000 fine, installing ignition interlocks on all of his vehicles, had to complete a victims impact class, and had his drivers license suspended for six months.[128]

UFC 151, scheduled to occur on September 1st 2012, was cancelled due to Jon Jones declining to fight Chael Sonnen, a last-minute replacement for Dan Henderson. In the 19 year history of the UFC, it was the first card to ever be cancelled. Dana white went on record saying, "this is one of the most selfish, disgusting decisions that doesn't just affect you. This is affecting 16 other lives, their families, kids are going back to school. The list goes on and on of all the things, the money that was spent for fighters to train and the list goes on and on. Like I said, I don't think this is going to make Jon Jones popular with the fans, sponsors, cable distributors, television network executives or other fighters." [129]

Jon Jones has been criticized for repeatedly poking his opponents in the eyes. In response to the criticism, Jones released a video over Instagram in which he mocked fans by crying like a baby, which has since been deleted. Dana White went on record stating, "we've got to stop that stuff. The openings of the hands and putting the hands on the face are something bad, but it happens with guys who have reach. They do that a lot." [130] White later clarified his point, saying, "It’s not just taller fighters. Jones has that range and he can do it, but lots of guys do it because that’s how you block punches. So you keep your hands open and you slap punches down. Then guys are rushing in and you’re doing whatever, and guys get poked in the eyes." He also noted that in the fight against Glover Teixeira, after Jones was warned about the behavior, he was more careful to avoid any eye pokes throughout the rest of the fight. He also stated Jones would likely not receive any credit for that from detractors.[131] Jones later responded to the controversy in an interview, saying, "I realize that I do it. I realize the criticism that I got from it. It’s not on purpose. If you watch my fights, a lot of the times when guys get poked in the eyes, it’s me extending my arm in a reactionary way. I do put a hand on people’s foreheads to maintain distance. That’s what you saw in the Teixeira fight, but to say I am purposely poking people in the eye, it’s just inaccurate. You can call it what you want."[132]

On April 14, 2014, Jones was accused of writing homophobic slurs to a Swedish man over Instagram. In response, Jones claimed his phone was stolen and his account was hacked. [133]

During a promotional event for UFC 178, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into a brawl that was sparked by Jones pressing his forehead against Cormier's during a staredown which prompted Cormier to shove Jones by the throat.[134] Both fighters had to be restrained by event organizers. UFC chief legal officer Kirk Hendrick said "there are going to be ramifications". In addition, the Nevada State Athletic Commission requested a copy of the altercation.[135]

On August 9th 2014, a video was leaked in which Jon Jones threatened to kill Daniel Cormier as the two verbally sparred with one another. After an ESPN interview was concluded, Jones asked Cormier "Hey pussy, are you still there?" sparking a heated argument. In response, Cormier stated that Jon Jones was "such a pussy," "the scum of the earth," "a terrible human being" and that he wished they would let him next door so he could spit in Jones' face. Jones replied, "You know I would absolutely kill you if you ever did something like that, right?" He reiterated with, "No, I would literally kill you if you spit in my face," and, "I’m not saying I would fight you. I said I would kill you if you do some silly shit like that." [136]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Daniel CormierUFC 182January 3, 2015Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesDefending the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win20–1Glover TeixeiraDecision (unanimous)UFC 172April 26, 201455:00Baltimore, Maryland, United StatesDefended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win19–1Alexander GustafssonDecision (unanimous)UFC 165September 21, 201355:00Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDefended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night; Fight of the Year.
Win18–1Chael SonnenTKO (elbows & punches)UFC 159April 27, 201314:33Newark, New Jersey, United StatesDefended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win17–1Vitor BelfortSubmission (americana)UFC 152September 22, 201240:54Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDefended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Submission of the Night.
Win16-1Rashad EvansDecision (unanimous)UFC 145April 21, 201255:00Atlanta, Georgia, United StatesDefended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win15–1Lyoto MachidaTechnical Submission (standing guillotine choke)UFC 140December 10, 201124:26Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDefended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win14–1Quinton JacksonSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 135September 24, 201141:14Denver, Colorado, United StatesDefended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win13–1Maurício RuaTKO (punches & knee)UFC 128March 19, 201132:37Newark, New Jersey, United StatesWon the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win12–1Ryan BaderSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 126February 5, 201124:20Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesSubmission of the Night.
Win11–1Vladimir MatyushenkoTKO (elbows)UFC Live: Jones vs. MatyushenkoAugust 1, 201011:52San Diego, California, United States
Win10–1Brandon VeraTKO (elbow & punches)UFC Live: Vera vs. JonesMarch 21, 201013:19Broomfield, Colorado, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Loss9–1Matt HamillDQ (illegal elbows)The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights FinaleDecember 5, 200914:14Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesDisqualified for use of illegal 12-6 elbows.
Win9–0Jake O'BrienSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 100July 11, 200922:43Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win8–0Stephan BonnarDecision (unanimous)UFC 94January 31, 200935:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win7–0André GusmãoDecision (unanimous)UFC 87August 9, 200835:00Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win6–0Moyses GabinTKO (punches)Battle Cage Xtreme 5July 12, 200821:58Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon the USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship.[23]
Win5–0Parker PorterKO (punch)World Championship Fighting 3June 20, 200810:36Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States
Win4–0Ryan VerrettTKO (punches)USFL: War in the Woods 3May 9, 200810:14Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
Win3–0Anthony PinaSubmission (guillotine choke)Ice FighterApril 25, 200811:15Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win2–0Carlos EduardoKO (punches)Battle Cage Xtreme 4April 19, 200830:24Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win1–0Brad BernardTKO (punches)FFP: Untamed 20April 12, 200811:32Boxborough, Massachusetts, United States

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Achievements
Preceded by
Maurício Rua
12th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
March 20, 2011 – present
Current holder