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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 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

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).

Craig Jones 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
Darragh OConaill W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 2017
Leandro Lo W 2 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
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
Keenan Cornelius L 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Murilo Santana W 0 2 0 Kasai RR 2017
Andy Burke W 0 1 0 EBI 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
Richie Martinez W 0 1 0 Kasai 3RD 2018
Dante Leon W 0 1 1 Kasai RR 2018
Keenan Cornelius W 0 0 1 Polaris RR 2018
Nick Calvanese W 0 1 0 Kasai RR 2018
Jake Shields W 1 1 0 Polaris RR 2018
Mason Fowler W 0 3 0 ADCC 4F 2019
Jon Blank W 2 1 0 Kasai RR 2019
Ben Dyson W 0 2 0 ADCC RR 2019
Jackson Sousa W 0 1 0 Kasai 3RD 2019
Jon Blank W 1 2 0 ADCC RR 2019

Craig Jones Grappling Record

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (5%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    36 (84%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

36 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
28
10
#86e620
RNC
25
9
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
14
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
3
#fad11b
Terra footlock
6
2
#f58822
Flying triangle
3
1
#224aba
Heel hook
3
1
#ff9124
Triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#fad223
Reverse triangle
3
1
#03861f
verbal tap
3
1
36
(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
11960Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13820Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13822Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13867Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14474Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14496Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14618C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15778Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16645DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16818DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17611Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19582Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20622Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21603Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
11955Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11959Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12924Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13809Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13817Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13862Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13965Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14141Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14467Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14471Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14473Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
15071Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15733Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15734Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15743Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15773Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15775Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15785Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16641Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16644Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
17102Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17332Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17606Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17607Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17610Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18349Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
19120Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19261Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19578P. MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19581Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19584Jackson SousaJackson SousaWTerra footlockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20234Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20313M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20501M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20728Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20749Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21550Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21558Mason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21600Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019
22333Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReverse triangleGrappleFest 7100KGSPF2019
22440Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWRNCQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22548Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWOutside heel hookSUG 1088KGSPF2019
23231Kevin CaseyWOutside heel hookSUG 12ABSSPF2020
23232Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWverbal tapSUG 13ABSSPF2020
23247Vagner RochaVagner RochaWEBI/OTF2W 14288KGSPF2020

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