In the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) only the strong, tactical, and fearless fighters make it to the top. Lacking money to provide for his then-pregnant girlfriend, Jon Jones used the above-mentioned innate qualities. He visited an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) training studio to train there, had his first fight after a few months, followed by more fights, all of which ended with victories for him. Today he is a two-time UFC light heavyweight champion.
Even though his history is mostly presented in a negative light today, he had some good and very good times in the past. Here we will tell you all about the good, not so good, and bad part of his life, so read on.
Jon Jones’ Biography (Age)
Jon Jones, who you may also call Bones (nickname) or Jonathan Dwight Jones (full name), was born on July 19, 1987, in Rochester, New York, USA, into a Christian family led by Arthur Jones Jr., a pastor of the Pentecostal church in Endicott, New York, and his wife Camille Jones, a nurse. Sadly, Camille lost her life in June 2017 in a battle with diabetes.
As a child, Jon Jones, like his brothers, played American football, but the focus of his professional life was wrestling. He became a state wrestling champion at Union Endicott High School in northern New York State. After high school, he began college studies and was still active in sports. Jon won the national JUCO championship at Lowa Central Community College, clearly showing what a good athlete he was.
He transferred to Morrisville State College to earn a degree in criminal justice but would drop out to pursue a career in the MMA after discovering that his real interest was in martial arts. Jon Jones first started fighting in the MMA to raise money to support his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, as his UFC profile revealed.
In MMA he started out like a pro with 6 unbeaten records within 3 months after he made his debut in April 2008. He was so good that the UFC became aware of him almost instantly and offered him a fight as a replacement only two weeks before the duel day in July 2008.
He fought Andre Gusmão in UFC 87 and won unanimously after showing takedowns and unorthodox striking patterns never seen before in this sport. Jon fought in UFC 94 against players like Stephan Bonnar, Jake O’Brien in UFC 100 and Brandon Vera in UFC Live: Vera vs Jones, former IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko in UFC Live: Jones vs Matyushenko, whom he defeated with elbows in 1:52 seconds with the TKO in the first round. He also defeated Ryan Bader at UFC 126 in a fight that Ryan dominated in the first round, but which he defeated for the first time as a professional in the second round after a tap-out by a guillotine choke from angry Jon Jones.
Bones became the youngest UFC champion after defeating Maurício “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 in Round 3. He had his first title defense against Quinton Jackson at UFC 135 after recovering from a hand injury. The fight ended with a victory for him, which he calls his biggest favorite of all.
The fearless fighter then defended his title against Lyoto Machida in UFC 140, Rashad Evans in UFC 145, Vitor Belfort in UFC 152, and Chael Sonnen in UFC 159, before finishing level with Tito Ortiz, defending the most consecutive titles in UFC light heavyweight history. He successfully defended his title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, UFC 172, where he fought against Glover Teixeira and won unanimously. Even when he fought Daniel Cormier in UFC 178, he still passed him by, but he hardly knew that this fight would be the beginning of his suffering.
A month before UFC 178, Jon Jones failed a drug test when he tested positive for cocaine. In April 2015, on 28 April to be exact, Jon Jones was stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title, removed from the official rankings, and banned from the sport indefinitely in connection with a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in which he had to leave an injured pregnant woman in one of the two cars involved in the accident. The witness was an off-duty police officer who clearly identified the UFC fighter; the documents found in the rental car also clearly stated his name. Inside the car was also a package of marijuana. The once-feared fighter was accused of a capital crime because he had intentionally injured and abandoned the injured person. Around this time he gave an explanation for the events of that night and all that was going on in his head; mainly out of fear of being charged by the police with drunken driving.
On 29 July 2017, he made his martial arts comeback at UFC 214, where he won former Olympic gold medalist Daniel Cormier and reclaimed his once-coveted UFC Lightweight Championship belt. However, he has stripped of his title again due to a drug offense in a positive test result for Turinabol, a substance banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Should the accusations against him prove to be true, he is threatened with up to 4 years of suspension. Judging by his current age, this should of course mean the end of his career.
Wife and Family
Jon Jones has two siblings who also played sports with a less combative character. His older brother is Arthur Jones III, who played American football in his prime with the Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Washington Redskins as his career progressed and waned. Chandler Jones is the youngest of the trio and is under contract with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. He had a sister named Carmen who died of brain cancer at a very tender age.
Jon Jones stayed with the woman he had been fighting for all his life. He met Jessie Moses during high school, and the two of them immediately started dating, continued in college even though they were at different colleges. While Jon was briefly at Central Community College in Iowa, Moses attended Broome Community College in New York.
In their relationship, three daughters were born: Leah, born in 2008, Carmen, born in 2009, and Olivia Haven, born in 2013. In an interview granted on December 1, 2016, Jon Jones revealed that he has another daughter who is older than his first daughter. However, details about her or her mother are not yet known.
Jon Jones became engaged to Jessie in 2015, and on April 1, 2015, he sent the message through his Twitter account. However, after the problems he has been having lately, which he has probably caused himself, not much has been said about him recently as far as marrying her is concerned.
Since Jon Jones is one of the best fighters in the UFC, his net score does not refute the popular assumption. He has a net worth of $10 million.
Height and other facts
- Jon Jones is standing at a height of 6’2″ or 6’3″.
- He holds the record for the first MMA fighter to be sponsored by Nike internationally.
- Another of his nicknames is ‘Sexual Chocolate’.
- In 2011, at the age of 23, Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history.
- He has the Bible passage Philippians 4:13 tattooed on the right side of his chest. It says, “All these things I can do through him who gives me strength.