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Craig Jones is an Australian grappler and Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Lachlan Giles who competes for the Absolute MMA Academy in the sport’s international circuit. An International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Champion (2015 at purple belt) and a 2x ADCC Trials champion, Craig Jones turned many heads his way at the 2017 ADCC finals by submitting the tournament’s 88 kilogram #1 pick Leandro Lo. Jones’ would later cement his status as one of the best grapplers of his generation by reaching the semi final of the tournament.

Craig Jones Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Craig Jones

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Orlando Saraiva > Paulo Streckert > Thiago Stefanutti > Lachlan Giles > Craig Jones

Main Achievements:

  • Polaris 185 lbs Champion (2018)
  • Polaris 205 lbs Champion (2018)
  • 1st Place ADCC Asian & Oceania Trials (2014/2016)
  • 3rd Place EBI 11 Invitational (2017)
  • 3rd Place Kasai 2 185lbs Grand Prix (2018)
  • 3rd Place Kasai 5 205lbs Grand Prix (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place AFBJJ Pan Pacific Championship (2014** purple)
  • 1st Place NAGA World Championship (2014 purple)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2016 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Absolute MMA

Craig Jones Biography

Craig Jones was born on July 17, 1991 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Growing up Jones was a very active kid, playing a variety of intensive sports such as Australian rules football and basketball while also briefly training in taekwondo and judo. His interest in rough playing activities was a sign of Craig’s frame of mind, who as a teenager turned to mixed martial arts (MMA) and by the time of his 15th birthday dreamt of becoming an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter.

With the UFC in his sight Craig joined his cousin Matt Jones’ BJJ academy (2006), a gym called ISOHEALTH. It was under Matt’s guidance that Craig started making a name for himself in Australia’s national grappling circuit, this before joining the Maromba Academy in Melbourne (later named Absolute MMA), as a purple belt, where his tuition was then picked up by Lachlan Giles.

On December 2015, after an epic performance at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championships, Jones earned his brown belt. It was also around this time that Craig became a regular BJJ instructor. One year later Lachlan Giles promoted Craig to black belt.

While climbing the ranks of jiu-jitsu, competing regularly nationally and internationally, Craig Jones also managed to graduate with a degree in Behavioural Science (Psychology).

Craig Jones Instructional

Craig Jones Grappling Record

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (7%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (82%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
30
7
#86e620
RNC
22
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
3
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
13
3
#fad11b
Flying triangle
4
1
#f58822
Heel hook
4
1
#224aba
Triangle
4
1
#ff9124
Terra footlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Straight ankle lock
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (17%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (17%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Short choke
67
2
#86e620
Katagatame
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Craig Jones Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11892Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13733Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13735Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13780Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14369Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14379Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14501C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15576Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16412DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16582DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17343Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19172Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
11887Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11891Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
13722Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13730Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13775Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13878Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14047Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14362Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14366Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14368Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14913Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15534Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15535Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15544Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15571Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15573Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15583Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16408Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16411Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
16858Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17073Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17338Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17339Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17342Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18043Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
18740Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
18874Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19168P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19171Jon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19174Jackson SousaJackson SousaWStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019

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