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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 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 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 pick, Leandro Lo. Jones’ would later cement his status as one of the best grapplers of his generation by winning numerous prestigious event, including multiple belt titles in the Polaris Invitational promotion.

Craig Jones Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Craig 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

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

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (5%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (85%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
29
10
#86e620
RNC
26
9
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
14
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
3
#fad11b
Reverse triangle
3
1
#f58822
Flying triangle
3
1
#224aba
Heel hook
3
1
#ff9124
Triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Terra footlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#fad223
Toe hold
3
1
#03861f
Arm in guillotine
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (14%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (14%)

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
11957Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13813Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13815Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13860Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14467Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14489Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14611C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15771Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16637DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16810DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17602Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19571Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20611Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21588Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
11952Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11956Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12918Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13802Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13810Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13855Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13958Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14134Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14460Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14464Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14466Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
15064Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15726Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15727Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15736Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15766Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15768Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15778Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16633Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16636Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
17094Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17323Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17597Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17598Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17601Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18338Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
19109Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19250Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19567P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19570Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19573Jackson SousaJackson SousaWStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20223Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20302M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20490M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20717Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20738Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21535Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21543Mason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21585Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019
22311Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReverse triangleGrappleFest 7100KGSPF2019
22415Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWRNCQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22523Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWOutside heel hookSUG 1088KGSPF2019
23197Kevin CaseyWOutside heel hookSUG 12ABSSPF2020

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