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

Main Achievements:

  • Polaris 185 lbs Champion (2018 / 2019)
  • 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

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (6%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (82%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
33
9
#86e620
RNC
22
6
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
11
3
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
11
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
#22c9a5
Toe hold
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (15%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (15%)

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
11900Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13740Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13742Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13787Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14380Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14402Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14524C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15646Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16499DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16672DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17439Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19329Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20352Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
11895Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11899Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
13729Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13737Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13782Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13885Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14058Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14373Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14377Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14379Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14953Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15604Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15605Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15614Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15641Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15643Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15653Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16495Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16498Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
16953Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17168Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17434Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17435Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17438Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18156Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
18885Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19021Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19325P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19328Jon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19331Jackson SousaJackson SousaWStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
19970Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20048M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20232M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20456Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20472Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019

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Craig Jones Grappling Industries Final (2016)

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