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Jon Jones is a mixed martial artist from America

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BirthdayJuly 19, 1987
NationalityAmerican
FamousSportspersons, Mixed Martial Artists
City/StateNew Yorkers
Nick namesBones
Partners
  • Jessie Moses
SiblingsArthur Jones, Carmen Jones, Chandler Jones
Known asJonathan Dwight Jones
Birth PlaceRochester, New York
Height193cm
GenderMale
FatherArthur Jones Jr.
MotherCamille Jones
Sun SignCancer
Born inRochester, New York
Famous asMixed Martial Artist
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Who is Jon Jones?

Jonathan Dwight Jones is a mixed martial artist from America who has won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship twice. Generally considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, he has also become somewhat of a tragic figure and his life story, a cautionary tale. Raised in a middle-class family in New York, Jones’ life has been deeply influenced by religion since his childhood. He demonstrated prodigious skills as a wrestler in his school days and won the state championship at Union-Endicott High School in upstate New York. He was also involved in football as a defensive lineman. Initially, Jones was pursuing a degree in criminal justice but then his MMA career really took off and he dropped out of college to be a professional fighter. He made his professional debut in April 2008 against Brad Bernard, a match he won by a technical knockout. In a career spanning nearly a decade, Jones has won most of his matches and his only defeat came about because of a dubious decision made by the referee. He has won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship twice only to be stripped of his title both the times. The first time he was stripped because of a hit-and-run case in 2015. He also lost the interim title because of a doping violation. Recently, in 2017, he was stripped after a positive drug test. The investigation is currently ongoing and if Jones is found guilty, he could find himself serving a four-year ban.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jon Jones was born on July 19, 1987, in Rochester, New York, to Camille Jones and Arthur Jones Jr. Jones’ family is deeply religious. Arthur Jr. is a pastor at the Pentecostal church in Endicott, New York and Camille was a nurse.

He has two brothers. His older brother, Arthur Jones III, is a retired professional American footballer who played for Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Redskins of the NBA. His younger brother, Chandler Jones, is also an American footballer, who is currently signed to Arizona Cardinals of the NBA. In June 2017, Jones’ mother passed away after losing her long battle against diabetes.

Jones displayed his inherent athletic gifts since he was a child. A stand-out high school wrestler, he was the winner of the state championship at Union-Endicott High School in upstate New York. Like his brothers, Jones was also interested in American football and played in the position of a defensive lineman. Because of his lanky frame, the coach began to call him “Bones”. The nickname stuck as he would later use it during his MMA career.

At Iowa Center Community College, he became the winner of a national JUCO championship. He then came to Morrisville State College to get a degree in criminal justice. However, Jones soon realised that his true passion was mixed martial arts. He dropped out of college to pursue MMA professionally.

Career, Controversies, & Later Life

On April 12, 2008, in Boxborough, Massachusetts, Jon Jones made his professional debut in an FFP: Untamed 20 catchweight (210 lbs) bout against Brad Bernard and won the match in the first round via technical knockout. His next opponent was Brazilian mixed martial artist Carlos Eduardo. The match took place on April 29, 2008, in Atlantic City, New Jersey as part of the Battle Cage Xtreme 4 event. This was his first light heavyweight match. He won via knock out (punches) in the third round.

His next three matches were against Anthony Pina, Ryan Verrett, and Parker Porter, all of which he won. Jones fought his sixth professional match against Moyses Gabin at Battle Cage Xtreme 5 on 12 July 2008 in Atlantic City. This was his last bout before he joined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He defeated Gabin via technical knockout in round two for the USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship.

Jones debuted in UFC in a match against Brazilian fighter Andre Gusmão at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bout went the distance, lasting the full three rounds, and Jones was declared winner via unanimous decision.

His next opponent in the UFC was Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This one too went the distance and Jones won via unanimous decision. On July 11, 2009, he faced Jake O'Brien at UFC 100 and won by submission (guillotine choke) in the second round. The fight helped him secure a contract for another four fights with the UFC.

On December 5, 2009, Jones fought fellow American fighter Matt Hamill. Jones started dominating the match right from the beginning. However, as the first round was drawing to a close, Jones hit Hamill repeatedly with downward elbow strikes. As those are illegal in the sport, a point was deducted from Jones’ scorecard for the round. It was then revealed Hamill would not be able to continue because of a dislocated shoulder.

As a result, Jones was disqualified. After reviewing the replay simulation, the commission supported the referee’s ruling. UFC President Dana White has since stated that the loss should not have been counted and the match should have been declared a no contest. This was the first and the only loss in Jones’ career.

In 2010, he appeared in two fights, against Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko, winning both matches in the first round via technical knockout. After defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 126, Jones got his first title opportunity against the then-champion Maurício "Shogun" Rua. His training partner, Rashad Evans, was supposed to face Rua but suffered an injury during training and had to pull out of the match. Jones was offered the chance as the replacement and went on to win the bout by technical knockout in the third round on March 19, 2011, becoming the youngest UFC champion ever.

During his first reign as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jones performed dominantly in every single bout. He fought and defeated some of the best fighters in his weight class. His title defence was against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, whom he defeated via submission (rear-naked choke) in the fourth round. He then successively won against Lyoto Machida, his former teammate Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, and Chael Sonnen.

According to Jones, the toughest fight of his career was against Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. The match went back and forth with both men suffering lacerations and facial swelling. Eventually Jones won by a controversial unanimous decision.

Jones fought his next opponent, Brazilian mixed martial artist Glover Teixeira on April 26, 2014, at UFC 172 after the fight was postponed several times. He defeated Teixeira via unanimous decision.

While initially Jones was supposed to have a rematch with Gustafsson after his win against Teixeira, the opponent he truly wanted was former Olympian Daniel Cormier, who had been undefeated in professional MMA up until that point.

During the promotional tour, the animosity was clear between the two. They even got into a physical altercation and Jones was subsequently fined $50,000. He also claimed that he lost a six-figure endorsement deal with Nike but later confessed that he grossly fabricated the matter. As for the match itself, it took place on January 3, 2015, at UFC 182 and Jones won via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).

His next opponent was scheduled to be Anthony Johnson on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187. However, on April 27, 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico police announced that they were looking for Jones in connection with a hit-and-run incident. It was reported that Jones passed an intersection having a red traffic light without stopping and got into a collision with two other vehicles. Afterwards, he left the scene on foot while there was a pregnant woman still trapped in one of the two other vehicles.

Subsequently, Jones was arrested and later was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation. UFC stripped him of his belt and suspended him indefinitely on 28 April. Jones eventually returned in a fight against Ovince Saint Preux on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197. He won the bout by unanimous decision.

Jones wanted a rematch with Cormier to be his next fight. It would have happened on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200 but Jones was taken off the fight after a potential drug violation. On November 7, 2016, the announcement was made that Jones had been suspended for a year and stripped of his interim title.

He made his second return on July 29, 2017, at UFC 214, where he finally had the rematch against Cormier. While he struggled in the first two rounds, he ended up knocking Cormier out with a kick to the head, followed by a series of strikes in the ground in the third round. As a result, Jones regained the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt.

On August 22, it was revealed that Jones has been marked for a potential drug violation by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). According to reports, he tested positive for Turinabol. On 13 September, the test for the “B” sample came back positive too. The match was subsequently declared a no contest and Jones was stripped of the Light Heavyweight title a second time. If the charges against him are proved to be true, he can be banned for up to four years.

Personal Life

Jon Jones met Jessie Moses in high school and they began dating soon after. After graduation, Jones left for Iowa Central Community College and Moses attended Broome Community College in New York but the relationship survived the distance. They have three daughters together. Jones and Moses became engaged in 2015. He subsequently announced the news on his Twitter account on April 1, 2015. The family currently resides in Ithaca, New York.

Their first child, whom they named Leah, was born in 2008, the same year that Jones made his professional MMA debut. Moses gave birth to Carmen in 2009 and Olivia Haven in 2013. Carmen was named after Jon’s late sister, who passed away due to brain cancer at an early age. On December 1, 2016, in an interview to Joe Rogan, Jones stated that he also has another daughter who is older than Leah.

At the start of his career, Jones used to train with Team BombSquad out of Cortland, New York. He then joined the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada. Recently, he has trained with Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jones has been the first MMA athlete to be sponsored by Nike on the international level. He is the first MMA star who has his own shoe line.

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Jon Jones biography timelines

  • // 19th Jul 1987
    Jon Jones was born on July 19, 1987, in Rochester, New York, to Camille Jones and Arthur Jones Jr. Jones’ family is deeply religious. Arthur Jr. is a pastor at the Pentecostal church in Endicott, New York and Camille was a nurse.
  • // 12th Apr 2008 To 29th Apr 2008
    On April 12, 2008, in Boxborough, Massachusetts, Jon Jones made his professional debut in an FFP: Untamed 20 catchweight (210 lbs) bout against Brad Bernard and won the match in the first round via technical knockout. His next opponent was Brazilian mixed martial artist Carlos Eduardo. The match took place on April 29, 2008, in Atlantic City, New Jersey as part of the Battle Cage Xtreme 4 event. This was his first light heavyweight match. He won via knock out (punches) in the third round.
  • // 12th Jul 2008
    His next three matches were against Anthony Pina, Ryan Verrett, and Parker Porter, all of which he won. Jones fought his sixth professional match against Moyses Gabin at Battle Cage Xtreme 5 on 12 July 2008 in Atlantic City. This was his last bout before he joined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He defeated Gabin via technical knockout in round two for the USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship.
  • // 9th Aug 2008
    Jones debuted in UFC in a match against Brazilian fighter Andre Gusmão at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bout went the distance, lasting the full three rounds, and Jones was declared winner via unanimous decision.
  • // 31st Jan 2009 To 11th Jul 2009
    His next opponent in the UFC was Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This one too went the distance and Jones won via unanimous decision. On July 11, 2009, he faced Jake O'Brien at UFC 100 and won by submission (guillotine choke) in the second round. The fight helped him secure a contract for another four fights with the UFC.
  • // 5th Dec 2009
    On December 5, 2009, Jones fought fellow American fighter Matt Hamill. Jones started dominating the match right from the beginning. However, as the first round was drawing to a close, Jones hit Hamill repeatedly with downward elbow strikes. As those are illegal in the sport, a point was deducted from Jones’ scorecard for the round. It was then revealed Hamill would not be able to continue because of a dislocated shoulder.
  • // 2010 To 19th Mar 2011
    In 2010, he appeared in two fights, against Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko, winning both matches in the first round via technical knockout. After defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 126, Jones got his first title opportunity against the then-champion Maurício "Shogun" Rua. His training partner, Rashad Evans, was supposed to face Rua but suffered an injury during training and had to pull out of the match. Jones was offered the chance as the replacement and went on to win the bout by technical knockout in the third round on March 19, 2011, becoming the youngest UFC champion ever.
  • // 26th Apr 2014
    Jones fought his next opponent, Brazilian mixed martial artist Glover Teixeira on April 26, 2014, at UFC 172 after the fight was postponed several times. He defeated Teixeira via unanimous decision.
  • // 3rd Jan 2015
    During the promotional tour, the animosity was clear between the two. They even got into a physical altercation and Jones was subsequently fined $50,000. He also claimed that he lost a six-figure endorsement deal with Nike but later confessed that he grossly fabricated the matter. As for the match itself, it took place on January 3, 2015, at UFC 182 and Jones won via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).
  • // 1st Apr 2015
    Jon Jones met Jessie Moses in high school and they began dating soon after. After graduation, Jones left for Iowa Central Community College and Moses attended Broome Community College in New York but the relationship survived the distance. They have three daughters together. Jones and Moses became engaged in 2015. He subsequently announced the news on his Twitter account on April 1, 2015. The family currently resides in Ithaca, New York.
  • // 27th Apr 2015 To 23rd May 2015
    His next opponent was scheduled to be Anthony Johnson on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187. However, on April 27, 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico police announced that they were looking for Jones in connection with a hit-and-run incident. It was reported that Jones passed an intersection having a red traffic light without stopping and got into a collision with two other vehicles. Afterwards, he left the scene on foot while there was a pregnant woman still trapped in one of the two other vehicles.
  • // 23rd Apr 2016
    Subsequently, Jones was arrested and later was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation. UFC stripped him of his belt and suspended him indefinitely on 28 April. Jones eventually returned in a fight against Ovince Saint Preux on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197. He won the bout by unanimous decision.
  • // 9th Jul 2016 To 7th Nov 2016
    Jones wanted a rematch with Cormier to be his next fight. It would have happened on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200 but Jones was taken off the fight after a potential drug violation. On November 7, 2016, the announcement was made that Jones had been suspended for a year and stripped of his interim title.
  • // Jun 2017
    He has two brothers. His older brother, Arthur Jones III, is a retired professional American footballer who played for Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Redskins of the NBA. His younger brother, Chandler Jones, is also an American footballer, who is currently signed to Arizona Cardinals of the NBA. In June 2017, Jones’ mother passed away after losing her long battle against diabetes.
  • // 29th Jul 2017
    He made his second return on July 29, 2017, at UFC 214, where he finally had the rematch against Cormier. While he struggled in the first two rounds, he ended up knocking Cormier out with a kick to the head, followed by a series of strikes in the ground in the third round. As a result, Jones regained the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt.

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Jon Jones's FAQ

  • What is Jon Jones birthday?

    Jon Jones was born at 1987-07-19

  • Where is Jon Jones's birth place?

    Jon Jones was born in Rochester, New York

  • What is Jon Jones nationalities?

    Jon Jones's nationalities is American

  • What is Jon Jones nick names?

    Jon Jones's nickNames is Bones

  • Who is Jon Jones siblings?

    Jon Jones's siblings is Arthur Jones, Carmen Jones, Chandler Jones

  • How tall is Jon Jones?

    Jon Jones's height is 193

  • Who is Jon Jones's father?

    Jon Jones's father is Arthur Jones Jr.

  • Who is Jon Jones's mother?

    Jon Jones's mother is Camille Jones

  • What is Jon Jones's sun sign?

    Jon Jones is Cancer

  • How famous is Jon Jones?

    Jon Jones is famouse as Mixed Martial Artist

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    Jon Jones's facebook is https://www.facebook.com/Jonbones.Jones/

  • What is Jon Jones's twitter?

    Jon Jones's twitter is https://twitter.com/jonnybones/

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    Jon Jones's instagram is https://www.instagram.com/jonnybones/