|Association||Jackson's Submission Fighting|
|Weight Class||Light Heavyweight|
|Height||6' 4" (193 cm)|
|Reach||84.5 in (215 cm)|
|Style||Greco-Roman Wrestling, Muay Thai, Grappling|
|Birth Date||July 19, 1987|
|Fighting Out Of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Jon Jones Pictures||Jon Jones In Depth Analysis|
Jonathan "Bones" Jones is an American mixed martial artist, and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He currently fights as a Light Heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He trained with Team BombSquad out of Cortland, New York, but in August 2009 it was learned that he had begun training with Greg Jackson at Jackson's Submission Fighting, alongside the likes of Georges St. Pierre and Rashad Evans.
|Record||17 - 1 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Vitor Belfort||Submission (Keylock)||UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort||9/22/2012||4||0:54||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Won Submission of the Night|
|Win||Rashad Evans||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans||4/21/2012||5||5:00||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Lyoto Machida||Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida||12/10/2011||2||4:26||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Won Fight of the Night|
|Win||Quinton Jackson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage||9/24/2011||4||1:14||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Won Fight of the Night|
|Win||Mauricio Rua||TKO (Punches and Knees)||UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones||3/19/2011||3||2:37||Won UFC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Ryan Bader||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort||2/05/2011||2||4:20||Earned Light Heavyweight Championship Bout; Won Submission of the Night Honors|
|Win||Vladimir Matyushenko||TKO (Elbows)||UFC Live 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko||8/01/2010||1||1:52|
|Win||Brandon Vera||TKO (Elbows and Punches)||UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones||3/21/2010||1||3:19||Won one of three Knockout of the Night Honors|
|Loss||Matt Hamill||DQ (Illegal Elbow Strikes)||The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale||12/05/2009||1||5:00|
|Win||Jake O'Brien||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 100||7/11/2009||2||2:43|
|Win||Stephan Bonnar||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2||1/31/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||Andre Gusmao||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 87: Seek and Destroy||8/09/2008||3||5:00||UFC debut|
|Win||Moyses Gabin||TKO (Punches)||BCX 5: Battle Cage Xtreme 5||7/21/2008||2||1:58|
|Win||Parker Porter||KO (Punch)||WCF: World Championship Fighting||6/20/2008||1||0:36|
|Win||Ryan Verrett||TKO (Punches)||USFL: War in the Woods 3||5/09/2008||1||2:58|
|Win||Anthony Pina||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||IF: Ice Fighter||4/25/2008||1||1:15|
|Win||Carlos Eduardo||KO (Punches)||BCX 4: Battle Cage Xtreme 4||4/19/2008||3||0:24|
|Win||Brad Bernard||TKO (Punches)||FFP: Untamed 20||4/12/2008||1||1:32|
Jon Jones was born in Rochester, New York, although he was raised in Endicott, New York and considers it to be his hometown. His two brothers, Arthur and Chandler, are defensive linemen at Syracuse University. After the 2008 season, Arthur made the All-Big East Conference First Team and was an All-America candidate. Jon was a 2005 state wrestling champion while a senior at Union-Endicott High School, and a national Junior College Champion at Iowa Central Community College where he earned his Associate's degree. Jones planned on getting a higher degree in Criminal Justice and pursuing a career in Law Enforcement, but after spending a semester in Morrisville State College, he signed a four-fight contract with the UFC, making him the youngest UFC fighter on roster at that time.
He is notable for having the longest reach of any fighter in UFC history, at 84.5 inches.
Jon Jones' debut UFC fight was against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008. Jones took the fight on three weeks notice as a late replacement for Tomasz Drwal. He put on an impressive performance using takedowns and unorthodox striking including some flashier moves such as spinning elbows and a spinning back kick. Even though he came into the fight widely regarded as a heavy underdog, Jones was rewarded with 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 made Bonnar the victim of many strong takedowns and powerful throws including a suplex. Again showing unorthodox striking, Jones dropped Bonnar with a spinning back elbow in the first round. Although he appeared to tire in the third round, Jones held on to win another unanimous decision victory.
He would return to action at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on December 5, 2009 against Matt Hamill. Jones began to batter Hamill with a vicious ground and pound assault, only to land illegal twelve-to-six elbow strikes. Hamill sprawled out on the mat, arms outstretched, and referee Steve Mazzagatti halted the action to deduct a point from Jones.
Hamill, though, remained motionless on his back, and within seconds, it was obvious he couldn't continue. As the fans cheered what appeared a TKO victory for Jones, and as at-home viewers heard UFC broadcasters Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg talk about the fighter moving to 10-0, a surprise was just seconds away: ring announcer Bruce Buffer announced that Hamill had actually picked up the victory via disqualification due to the illegal strike.
It was announced mid-January 2010 that Jones would return to action at UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones on March 21, 2010 to face off against Brandon Vera, who was coming off a high profile loss to Randy Couture. The event would be the first UFC event to air live on Versus, as compared to SpikeTV. Jones scored a quick and slick takedown and immediately unloaded a steady stream of ground and pound. Jones, in fact, was slowed only by an illegal upkick from Vera, which garnered the former top UFC Heavyweight contender a one-point deduction and restart from the downed position. Jones immediately recommenced the attack after the restart and unloaded a big left elbow strike that clipped the corner of Vera's right eye with an audible thud. With the area immediately swelling and possible eye-socket damage, Vera was forced to cover up. The TKO stoppage came moments later when the referee waved off the fight at the 3:19 mark of the opening round. The impressive TKO earned him one of the three Knockout of the Night Honors awarded at the end of the event.
Jones' next fight was another headliner on August 1, 2010 at UFC Live 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko, where he faced the first-ever IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko. Jones attacked from a distance, using his massive reach advantage, before scoring a takedown. Once there, he maneuvered out of Matyushenko's early attempt at an Armbar and then unloaded the lightning-quick series of elbow strikes from the crucifix position. Referee Herb Dean halted the action at the 1:52 mark of the very first round.
Jon is engaged and has a daughter named Leah, who was born on July 11, 2008. He believes that being in a committed relationship helps him stay focused on his training. The couple had their second daughter, Carmen Nicole Jones in December 2009.
Jones describes himself as a "hardcore Christian." Jones grew up a Pentecostal Christian and still describes himself as such.
Ranks and Titles
- JUCO National Wrestling Champion
- Greco Roman All-American
- NYS Champion
- USKBA 205lb Champion