Jon Jones (fighter)
Jonathan Dwight Jones|
July 19, 1987
Rochester, New York, United States
|Residence||Ithaca, New York|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||204.6 lb (92.8 kg; 14.61 st)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 lb)|
|Reach||84.5 inches (2.15 m)|
|Style||wrestling, freestyle boxing|
|Fighting out of||Endicott, NY, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Iowa Central Community College|
Arthur Jones (brother) |
Chandler Jones (brother)
|Notable school(s)||Union-Endicott High School|
Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones (born July 19, 1987), is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. When he won the title in March 2011, he became the youngest champion in UFC history. As of December 2012, he was ranked as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by various media outlets. He was also ranked the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world by multiple publications.
Mixed martial arts career
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. He also played football as a defensive lineman, but due to his slight frame, his coach nicknamed him 'Bones'. He won a national JUCO championship at Iowa Central Community College. After transferring to Morrisville State College he decided to drop out of college where he was studying Criminal Justice, to begin his MMA career.
Jones made his professional MMA debut in April 2008. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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 Tomasz Drwal. 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.
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.
Jones' third fight was against Jake O'Brien at UFC 100 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.
In September 2009, Jones was rewarded for his victories by signing a new four-fight contract with the UFC.
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 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. However, because Hamill could not continue due to a dislocated shoulder, 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. 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.
Jones fought Brandon Vera on March 21, 2010, at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones. He won the fight by TKO (elbow) caused by an elbow to Vera's face followed up with punches in the first round. The elbow delivered to stop the fight also broke Vera's face in three places. Jones also won the "Knockout of the Night" award.
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. UFC President Dana White promised Jones a "huge step-up in the competition", if he managed to defeat Matyushenko.
Following the fight with Matyushenko, UFC President Dana 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."
After defeating Matyushenko, Jones stated that he wanted a "top-three opponent" for his next fight.
Jones mentioned in an interview with Inside MMA that he would be facing the winner of Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader. Reports that Jones had previously been offered a fight with Nogueira, but turned down the opportunity turned out to be false. In the Inside MMA interview Jones also stated 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.
Dana White soon confirmed that Jones would face undefeated Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader, on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126. Jones went on to hand Bader his first professional loss by defeating him via tapout 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.
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 current 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.
Light Heavyweight Championship
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 just as Shogun tapped to strikes.
His first title defense was expected to be on August 6, 2011, at UFC 133 against Rashad Evans, his former friend and teammate, but Jones was sidelined with a hand injury. 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. Jones's injury was originally thought to keep him out of action until late 2011, 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. In the process, he became the first UFC fighter to submit Jackson. Jones has described this as his favourite fight.
Jones vs Evans was in the works for a second time and a bout was targeted for December 10, 2011, at UFC 140. However, a lingering thumb injury cost another title opportunity for Evans, and Jones instead faced Lyoto Machida at the same event. 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. This was the first submission loss in Machida's career.
During the UFC 145 post fight press conference Dana White confirmed that Jones's next opponent would be Dan Henderson. The Jones-Henderson fight was expected to take place at UFC 151, but an injured Henderson pulled out of the bout, 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. 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.A rematch with Lyoto Machida was then announced for September 22, 2012, at UFC 152, Lyoto Machida who was not contacted prior to the announcement, rejected the fight due to the lack of time to train before the bout. Jones instead defended the championship against Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012, at UFC 152. Jones opened as a massive favorite (13-to-1) coming into the bout. Despite almost being submitted via armbar in round one, Jones successfully defended the belt against the Brazilian Belfort, and equaled Chuck Liddell's number of title defenses. Jones also won a $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus for his fourth-round keylock on Belfort.
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. 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. Jones made quick work of his challenger, finishing Sonnen via TKO in the first round. However, he dislocated a phalanges (big toe) on his left foot during the fight. Jones is now tied with Tito Ortiz for having most consecutive title defenses in UFC light heavyweight history.
- Consecutive title defenses record (Light Heavyweight championship)
Jones faced Alexander Gustafsson on September 21, 2013, at UFC 165. Jones was badly cut above the eye during the first round, but he continued and eventually won the back-and-forth fight via 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 they sustained during the bout. Jones suffered a laceration, facial swelling, and many welts. He was released from the hospital with no broken bones or serious injuries.
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. The match received numerous positive characterizations: "an epic battle", "instant-classic", "Fight of the Year", "Greatest light heavyweight title fight of all-time", "one of the greatest fights in UFC history".
Jones was expected to face Glover Teixeira on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169. 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.
Jones and his fiancée have two daughters: Leah, who was born on July 11, 2008; and Carmen Nicole Jones, born in December 2009, who was named after his late sister, Carmen. Jones is a Christian.
Jon's older brother, Arthur is an American football defensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. Jones's younger brother, Chandler, is currently a defensive lineman for the New England Patriots. His older sister, Carmen, died of brain cancer before her eighteenth birthday.
On March 19, 2011, Jones was en route to Great Falls Historic Park in Paterson, New Jersey, 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.
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. He pled guilty to DWI charges. He will not serve any jail time.
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. He is also the first fighter in MMA history to have his own shoe line. Jones is the first MMA fighter to represent Gatorade in the Octagon.
On September 16, 2013, five days before his fight at UFC 165, Jon Jones entertained the idea of one day fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, stating: "I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to compete with those guys. You never know, maybe even come out with a victory."  Three days after Jones' fight with Gustafsson, Joe Rogan, a UFC announcer, criticized the idea of Jones going up against a Klitschko, stating: "anybody who thinks they can box with one of the very best boxers the heavyweight division has ever seen, without being just a professional boxer for a long period of time, is kind of kidding themselves".
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time, current)
- Most successful light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history (6)
- Most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history (6)
- Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson
- Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Brandon Vera
- Submission of the Night (Two times) vs. Ryan Bader, Vitor Belfort
- Third most consecutive title defenses in UFC history (6)
- Longest win streak in UFC Light Heavyweight history (10)
- Youngest Fighter to win a UFC Championship (23 Years, 242 Days)
- Youngest Fighter to defend a UFC Championship (24 years, 67 days)
- United States Kickboxing Association
- USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- World MMA Awards
- 2011 Fighter of the Year
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- 2011 Most Outstanding Fighter
- Spike Guys' Choice Awards
- 2011 Most Dangerous Man
- FIGHT! Magazine
- 2009 Newcomer of the Year
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- National High School Coaches Association
- NHSCA Senior All-American (2005)
- New York State Public High School Athletic Association
- USA Wrestling
- Northeast Junior Greco-Roman Regional Championship (2004)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||19 wins||1 loss|
|- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|19–1 |Alexander Gustafsson | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 165 | September 21, 2013 |align=center|5 |align=center|5:00 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|18–1 | Chael Sonnen | TKO (elbows and punches) | UFC 159 | April 27, 2013 |align=center|1 |align=center|4:33 | Newark, New Jersey, United States | Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 17–1 | Vitor Belfort | Submission (keylock) | UFC 152 | September 22, 2012 |align=center| 4 |align=center| 0:54 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Submission of the Night. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 16–1 | Rashad Evans | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 145 | April 21, 2012 |align=center| 5 |align=center| 5:00 | Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
|- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 15–1 | Lyoto Machida | Technical Submission (guillotine choke) | UFC 140 | December 10, 2011 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 4:26 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
|- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 14–1 | Quinton Jackson | Submission (rear-naked choke) | UFC 135 | September 24, 2011 |align=center| 4 |align=center| 1:14 | Denver, Colorado, United States | Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 13–1 | Maurício Rua | TKO (punches and knees) | UFC 128 | March 19, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 2:37 | Newark, New Jersey, United States | Won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 12–1 | Ryan Bader | Submission (guillotine choke) | UFC 126 | February 5, 2011 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 4:20 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Submission of the Night. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 11–1 | Vladimir Matyushenko | TKO (elbows) | UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko | August 1, 2010 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:52 | San Diego, California, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 10–1 | Brandon Vera | TKO (elbows and punches) | UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones | March 21, 2010 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:19 | Broomfield, Colorado, United States | Knockout of the Night. |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 9–1 | Matt Hamill |DQ (illegal elbows) | The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale | December 5, 2009 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:14 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Jones was disqualified for illegal "12-to-6" elbow strikes. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 9–0 | Jake O'Brien | Submission (guillotine choke) | UFC 100 | July 11, 2009 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 2:43 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 8–0 | Stephan Bonnar | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 94 | January 31, 2009 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 7–0 | André Gusmão | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 87 | August 9, 2008 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 | Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 6–0 | Moyses Gabin | TKO (punches) | Battle Cage Xtreme 5 | July 12, 2008 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 1:58 | Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States | Won the USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 5–0 | Parker Porter | KO (punch) | World Championship Fighting 3 | June 20, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:36 | Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 4–0 | Ryan Verrett | TKO (punches) | USFL: War in the Woods 3 | May 9, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:14 | Ledyard, Connecticut, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 3–0 | Anthony Pina | Submission (guillotine choke) | Ice Fighter | April 25, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:15 | Worcester, Massachusetts, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 2–0 | Carlos Eduardo | KO (punches) | Battle Cage Xtreme 4 | April 19, 2008 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 0:24 | Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 1–0 | Brad Bernard | TKO (punches) | FFP: Untamed 20 | April 12, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:32 | Boxborough, Massachusetts, United States | |}
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|12th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
March 20, 2011 – present