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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

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (5%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    34 (85%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

34 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
29
10
#86e620
RNC
26
9
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
12
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
3
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#f58822
Toe hold
3
1
#224aba
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Flying triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Heel hook
3
1
#fad223
Triangle
3
1
#03861f
Terra footlock
3
1
34
(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
11932Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13787Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13789Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13834Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14441Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14463Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14585C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15728Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16596DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16769DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17555Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19489Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20521Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21461Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
11927Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11931Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12892Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13776Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13784Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13829Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13932Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14108Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14434Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14438Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14440Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
15030Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15686Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15687Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15696Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15723Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15725Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15735Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16592Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16595Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
17053Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17276Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17550Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17551Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17554Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18287Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
19032Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19171Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19485P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19488Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19491Jackson SousaJackson SousaWStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20136Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20214M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20400M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20627Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20643Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21413Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21421Mason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21458Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019
22132Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReverse triangleGrappleFest 7100KGSPF2019
22226Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWRNCQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22333Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWOutside heel hookSUG 1088KGSPF2019

Criag Jones Heel Hook Technique

Craig Jones Grappling Industries Final (2016)

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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