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Craig Jones

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Instructional by Alexandre Ribeiro

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 events, 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, 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).

Craig Jones Brand New Instructional

Craig Jones MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.21

OVERALL CONQUERED

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Stand-up-game

OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
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
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
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
Keenan Cornelius W 0 0 1 Polaris RR 2018
Jon Blank W 1 2 0 ADCC RR 2019
Mason Fowler W 0 3 0 ADCC 4F 2019
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

Craig Jones Grappling Record

48 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (4%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (83%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
30
12
#86e620
RNC
28
11
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
13
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
3
#fad11b
Terra footlock
5
2
#f58822
Flying triangle
3
1
#224aba
Heel hook
3
1
#ff9124
Triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#fad223
Reverse triangle
3
1
#03861f
verbal tap
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (13%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (25%)

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
11985Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13852Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13854Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13899Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14512Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14534Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14656C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15816Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16690DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16867DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17673Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19672Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20724Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21735Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
23591Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 16ABSSPF2020
23662Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
11980Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11984Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12952Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13841Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13849Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13894Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13999Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14178Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14505Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14509Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14511Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
15110Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15771Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15772Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15781Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15811Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15813Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15823Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16686Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16689Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
17156Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17390Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17668Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17669Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17672Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18417Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
19203Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19346Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19668P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19671Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19674Jackson SousaJackson SousaWTerra footlockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20329Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20408M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20599M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20832Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20856Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21682Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21690Mason FowlerMason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21732Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019
22509Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReverse triangleGrappleFest 7100KGSPF2019
22616Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWRNCQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22725Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWOutside heel hookSUG 1088KGSPF2019
23486Kevin CaseyWOutside heel hookSUG 12ABSSPF2020
23487Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWverbal tapSUG 13ABSSPF2020
23503Vagner RochaVagner RochaWEBI/OTSUG 1488KGSPF2020
23554Gabriel CheccoWEBI/OTSUG 15ABSSPF2020
23822Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWInside heel hookWNO 493KGSPF2020
24713Brent PrimusWRNCSUG 19ABSSPF2020
24717Satoshi IshiiWRNCSUG 20ABSSPF2020
24861Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021

Criag Jones Heel Hook Technique

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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