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[UFC Series] Meet the Champions: Jon Jones

Posted by Niala Samnarine on Sep 12, 2014 9:10:00 AM

JonJones_HeadshotOne of the most polarizing figures in MMA,
Jon Jones has held the UFC® light heavyweight championship with a firm grasp. Jones is no stranger to high stakes and big moments. With high profile fights and fight of the night outcomes, Jones is one of the most entertaining fighters in professional mixed martial arts.

In his career, he’s successfully defended his way to a 20-1 record and nearly five-year unbeaten streak. So what’s there to know about this skilled fighter that you can’t find on Wikipedia? Read on to find out!

10 Fun Facts

  1. His popular nickname “Bones” was given to him by a former high school coach for his slight frame. Source>>
  2. He’s not the only famous Jones; both of his brothers play defensive lineman for the NFL (Arthur, for the Colts and Chandler, for the Patriots). Source>>
  3. Bones is a real life super hero; in 2011, he subdued a thief in New Jersey. Source>>
  4. I Wanna Be Like Jon? EA Sports reported that Jon Jones’ character is the 2nd most used in the EA Sports UFC® game. Source>> 
  5. Even champs have heroes; Jones’ heroes are Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko and Muhammad Ali.
  6. With a wingspan of 84.5”, Jones has the longest reach of any UFC® fighter. Source>>
  7. At 23 years old, Bones became the youngest UFC® champion ever.  
  8. A one-of-a-kind fighter, Jones is just one of two fighters in UFC history to ever submit two opponents while standing.
  9. Jones trains like a champ, admitting to three-a-day workouts with his trainer. 
  10. Jones is a showstopper: he has several fight of the night and submission of the night bonuses.

Fight Style and Record

Jones is one of the most well-rounded champions in the UFC®. With a skill arsenal that allows him to finish a fight both on his feet and on the ground via KO and submission, he’s one of the most difficult fighters to stop. All of this on top of his freakish reach puts him at a huge advantage over his opponents.

Jones is a strong wrestler, black belt in Gaidojutsu and masterful muay thai practitioner. His grappling is so strong that not only is he effective at submitting others, but he has amassed a 97 percent takedown defense. One of the most unique finishes in the UFC included his meeting with Lyoto Machida at UFC® 170 where he finished the Dragon via an obscure standing guillotine.

His fight at UFC® 165 further solidified him as a champion earning both Fight of the Night and Fight of the Year honors in an epic battle against Alexander Gustafsson.

Early in 2014, the champ went the distance against Glover Teixeira at UFC® 172 earned his seventh light heavyweight title defense employing elbows, long jabs and takedowns. This victory marked the longest defense for the LHW belt’s history and the longest streak among current champions.

Is there anything you’d like to know about Jones that you couldn’t find here? Let us know in the comments, then check back for updates with your answers!

So what’s next for the champion? UFC® 182

See the Champ LIVE!

UFC-Event-Thumbnail-UFC-182-UFC-VIP-ExperienceIn a match that was originally scheduled for fall 2014, Bones will now face off against Daniel “DC” Cormier in UFC® 182. The LHW championship bout is schedule for the first PPV of 2015 in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, NV.

Think it’s too early to start planning your trip to UFC® 182? Think again!

Through UFC VIP Experience you can secure your seat around the Octagon today. Get unparalleled access to pre-fight events, tours, fighter meet-and-greets, and much more. Depending on your level of access get entrance to the exclusive VIP Hospitality Party Venue along with tours of backstage, the Octagon™, reserved seating at the Fighter Q & A and Weigh-ins, and more!

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Will Jones tack a, new record, eighth win to his outstanding defense? Or will DC walk away to the sounds of “And new…”, be there live to find out!

Topics: UFC