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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 purple belt) 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 reaching the semi final of the tournament.

Craig Jones Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Craig Jones

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Orlando Saraiva > Paulo Streckert > Thiago Stefanutti > Lachlan Giles > Craig Jones

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Asian & Oceania Trials Champion (2014/2016)
  • Polaris 185 lbs Champion (2018)
  • SUG 5 Superfight Winner (2017)
  • EBI 11 3rd Place (2017)
  • Kasai 2 185lbs 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2015 purple)
  • AFBJJ Pan Pacific Champion (2014** purple)
  • NAGA World Champion (2014 purple)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro 3rd Place (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

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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 national and internationally, Craig Jones also managed to graduate with a degree in Behavioural Science (Psychology).

Craig Jones Grappling Record

24 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (8%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (79%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
32
6
#86e620
Kneebar
16
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
16
3
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
16
3
#fad11b
Flying triangle
5
1
#f58822
Heel hook
5
1
#224aba
Triangle
5
1
#ff9124
Terra footlock
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (18%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Katagatame
50
1
#86e620
Short choke
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Craig Jones Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11746Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPointsEBI 1177KGSF2017
13540Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13542Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13587Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14148Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPointsEBI 14ABSF2017
14158Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14279C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15302Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16120DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16270DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
16973Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
11741Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11745Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
13529Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13537Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13582Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13680Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
13841Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
13898Kit DaleWReferee DecisionGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2017
14141Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14145Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14147Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14671Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15261Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15262Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15271Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15297Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15299Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15309Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16116Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16119Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
16519Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
16712Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
16968Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
16969Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
16972Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018

Criag Jones Heel Hook Technique

Craig Jones Grappling Industries Final (2016)

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