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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 worked extensively with coach John Danaher, being a big part of the famous Danaher Death Squad (DDS) competition team, led by Danaher during the late 2010s-to-early-2020s decades. Craig went on to represent the B-Team, a workgroup started by Jones alongside a few of his former DDS team members in 2021. 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 events, 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 / B-Team

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, 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.

In 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).

DANAHER DEATH SQUAD BREAK-UP

On July 2021, coach John Danaher announced the end of the Danaher Death Squad as a unified training and competition team, alluding to “the physical location of a future school, personality conflicts, conflicting values and an inevitable tension between the team brand and the growing individual brands of members” as the main factors for the split (original statement here).

Later that year, during the Summer months, Craig Jones announced his new team, one formed alongside a few of his DDS training partners, namely Nicky Ryan, Ethan Crelinsten, and Nicky Rodriguez. This new group was labeled the “B-Team” with its training base being set in Austin, Texas.

Craig Jones Brand New Instructional

Craig Jones MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.21

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Murilo Santana W 1 1 0 ADCC 4F 2017
Chael Sonnen W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Marcel Goncalves W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 2017
Leandro Lo W 2 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Murilo Santana W 0 2 0 Kasai RR 2017
Andy Burke W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Keenan Cornelius L 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Nathan Orchard W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Gordon Ryan L 0 1 0 ADCC 4F 2017
Tex Johnson W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Darragh OConaill W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 2017
Richie Martinez W 0 1 0 Kasai 3RD 2018
Dante Leon W 0 1 1 Kasai RR 2018
Nick Calvanese W 0 1 0 Kasai RR 2018
Jake Shields W 1 1 0 Polaris RR 2018
Keenan Cornelius W 0 0 1 Polaris RR 2018
Jon Blank W 1 2 0 ADCC RR 2019
Jackson Sousa W 0 1 0 Kasai 3RD 2019
Ben Dyson W 0 2 0 ADCC RR 2019
Jon Blank W 2 1 0 Kasai RR 2019
Mason Fowler W 0 3 0 ADCC 4F 2019

Craig Jones Grappling Record

50 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (4%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (82%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

41 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
32
13
#86e620
RNC
27
11
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
12
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
3
#fad11b
Terra footlock
5
2
#f58822
verbal tap
2
1
#224aba
Flying triangle
2
1
#ff9124
Heel hook
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
2
1
#22c9a5
Toe hold
2
1
#fad223
Arm in guillotine
2
1
#03861f
Reverse triangle
2
1
41
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (13%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (25%)

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
11994Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13863Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13865Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13910Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14523Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14545Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14667C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15833Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16707DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16884DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17690Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19710Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20765Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21784Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
23677Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 16ABSSPF2020
23751Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
11989Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11993Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12961Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13852Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13860Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13905Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
14010Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14189Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14516Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14520Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14522Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
15127Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15788Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15789Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15798Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15828Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15830Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15840Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16703Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16706Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
17173Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17407Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17685Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17686Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17689Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18441Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
19234Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19382Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19706Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19709Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19712Jackson SousaJackson SousaWTerra footlockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20369Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20448M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20640M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20873Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20897Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21731Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21739Mason FowlerMason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21781Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019
22564Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReverse triangleGrappleFest 7100KGSPF2019
22672Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWRNCQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22781Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWOutside heel hookSUG 1088KGSPF2019
23567Kevin CaseyWOutside heel hookSUG 12ABSSPF2020
23568Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWverbal tapSUG 13ABSSPF2020
23584Vagner RochaVagner RochaWEBI/OTSUG 1488KGSPF2020
23640Gabriel CheccoWEBI/OTSUG 15ABSSPF2020
23912Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWInside heel hookWNO 493KGSPF2020
24817Brent PrimusWRNCSUG 19ABSSPF2020
24821Satoshi IshiiWRNCSUG 20ABSSPF2020
24984Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26094Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWInside heel hookWNO 992KGSPF2021
26386Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloWReferee DecisionWNO 1090KGSPF2021

Craig Jones Heel Hook Technique

 

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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