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Craig Jones

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Craig Jones is an Australian grappler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Lachlan Giles who worked extensively with coach John Danaher, being a big part of the famous Danaher Death Squad (DDS) competition team, led by Danaher during the late 2010s-to-early-2020s decades. Craig went on to represent the B-Team, a workgroup started by Jones alongside a few of his former DDS team members in 2021. An International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Champion (2015 at in purple belt division) 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 seed, Leandro Lo. Jones would later cement his status as one of the best grapplers of his generation by winning numerous prestigious events, including multiple belt titles in the Polaris Invitational promotion.

Craig Jones Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Craig Benjamin Jones

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Jean Jacques Machado / Rigan Machado > John Will > John Simon > Lachlan Giles > Craig Jones

Main Achievements:

  • Polaris 205 lbs Champion (2018)
  • Polaris 185 lbs Champion (2018 / 2019)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2019)
  • 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 Championship NoGi (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place AFBJJ Pan Pacific Championship (2014** purple)
  • 1st Place ADCC Asian & Oceania Trials (2014 / 2016)
  • 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 / B-Team

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, 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.

In 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).

DANAHER DEATH SQUAD BREAK-UP

On July 2021, coach John Danaher announced the end of the Danaher Death Squad as a unified training and competition team, alluding to “the physical location of a future school, personality conflicts, conflicting values and an inevitable tension between the team brand and the growing individual brands of members” as the main factors for the split (original statement here).

Later that year, during the Summer months, Craig Jones announced his new team, one formed alongside a few of his DDS training partners, namely Nicky Ryan, Ethan Crelinsten, and Nicky Rodriguez. This new group was labeled the “B-Team” with its training base being set in Austin, Texas.

Craig Jones Brand New Instructional

Craig Jones MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.21

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Murilo Santana W 0 2 0 Kasai RR 2017
Andy Burke W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Nathan Orchard W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Gordon Ryan L 0 1 0 ADCC 4F 2017
Tex Johnson W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Leandro Lo W 2 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Darragh OConaill W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 2017
Murilo Santana W 1 1 0 ADCC 4F 2017
Chael Sonnen W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Keenan Cornelius L 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Marcel Goncalves W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 2017
Keenan Cornelius W 0 0 1 Polaris RR 2018
Nick Calvanese W 0 1 0 Kasai RR 2018
Jake Shields W 1 1 0 Polaris RR 2018
Richie Martinez W 0 1 0 Kasai 3RD 2018
Dante Leon W 0 1 1 Kasai RR 2018
Jon Blank W 2 1 0 Kasai RR 2019
Ben Dyson W 0 2 0 ADCC RR 2019
Jackson Sousa W 0 1 0 Kasai 3RD 2019
Jon Blank W 1 2 0 ADCC RR 2019
Mason Fowler W 0 3 0 ADCC 4F 2019

Craig Jones Grappling Record

51 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (4%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (80%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

41 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
32
13
#86e620
RNC
27
11
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
12
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
3
#fad11b
Terra footlock
5
2
#f58822
Flying triangle
2
1
#224aba
Heel hook
2
1
#ff9124
Triangle
2
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
2
1
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
2
1
#fad223
Reverse triangle
2
1
#03861f
verbal tap
2
1
41
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (11%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (22%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Craig Jones Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12011Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13881Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13883Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13928Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14546Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14568Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14691C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15867Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16743DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16920DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17734Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19783Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20846Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21874Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
23795Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 16ABSSPF2020
23875Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
29716Sean BradyLReferee DecisionFury Pro90KGSPF2021
29745Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionWNO93KGSPF2022
12006Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
12010Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12978Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13870Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13878Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13923Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
14028Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14212Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14539Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14543Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14545Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
15161Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15822Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15823Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15832Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15862Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15864Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15874Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16739Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16742Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
17217Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17451Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17729Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17730Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17733Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18499Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
19303Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19453Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19779Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19782Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19785Jackson SousaJackson SousaWTerra footlockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20446Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20529M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20721M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20954Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20978Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21820Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21828Mason FowlerMason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21871Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019
22664Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReverse triangleGrappleFest 7100KGSPF2019
22774Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWRNCQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22887Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWOutside heel hookSUG 1088KGSPF2019
23685Kevin CaseyWOutside heel hookSUG 12ABSSPF2020
23686Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWverbal tapSUG 13ABSSPF2020
23702Vagner RochaVagner RochaWEBI/OTSUG 1488KGSPF2020
23758Gabriel CheccoWEBI/OTSUG 15ABSSPF2020
24040Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWInside heel hookWNO 493KGSPF2020
24956Brent PrimusWRNCSUG 19ABSSPF2020
24961Satoshi IshiiWRNCSUG 20ABSSPF2020
25133Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26252Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWInside heel hookWNO 992KGSPF2021
26553Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloWReferee DecisionWNO 1090KGSPF2021
28321Davi RamosDavi RamosWReferee DecisionPolaris 1785KGSPF2021

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