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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

37 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (5%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (84%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
32
10
#86e620
RNC
26
8
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
10
3
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
10
3
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#f58822
Toe hold
3
1
#224aba
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#ff9124
Flying triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Heel hook
3
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
3
1
#fad223
Terra footlock
3
1
31
(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
11925Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13770Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13772Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13817Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14417Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14439Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14561C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15686Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16540DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16713DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17488Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19397Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20420Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21347Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
11920Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11924Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12878Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13759Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13767Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13812Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13915Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14091Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14410Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14414Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14416Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14993Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15644Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15645Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15654Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15681Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15683Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15693Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16536Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16539Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
16994Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17217Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17483Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17484Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17487Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18210Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
18946Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19082Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19393P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19396Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19399Jackson SousaJackson SousaWStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20038Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20116M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20299M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20525Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20541Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21299Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21307Mason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21344Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019

Criag Jones Heel Hook Technique

Craig Jones Grappling Industries Final (2016)

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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