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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: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Orlando Saraiva > Paulo Streckert > Thiago Stefanutti > 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).

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Craig Jones Grappling Record

31 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (6%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (81%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
32
8
#86e620
RNC
20
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
12
3
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
12
3
#fad11b
Terra footlock
4
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
4
1
#224aba
Toe hold
4
1
#ff9124
Flying triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Heel hook
4
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (17%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (17%)

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
11894Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13734Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13736Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13781Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14374Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14396Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14518C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15638Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16491DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16664DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17430Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19318Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
11889Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11893Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
13723Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13731Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13776Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13879Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14052Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14367Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14371Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14373Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14945Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15596Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15597Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15606Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15633Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15635Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15645Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16487Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16490Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
16944Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17159Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17425Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17426Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17429Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18149Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
18878Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19012Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19314P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19317Jon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19320Jackson SousaJackson SousaWStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
19960Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20034M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20215M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019

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