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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
Leandro Lo W 2 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Darragh OConaill W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 2017
Murilo Santana W 1 1 0 ADCC 4F 2017
Chael Sonnen W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Keenan Cornelius L 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Marcel Goncalves W 0 1 0 EBI 4F 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
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
Mason Fowler W 0 3 0 ADCC 4F 2019

Craig Jones Grappling Record

51 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (4%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (80%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (12%)
  • 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
Flying triangle
2
1
#224aba
Heel hook
2
1
#ff9124
Triangle
2
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
2
1
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
2
1
#fad223
Reverse triangle
2
1
#03861f
verbal tap
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
11993Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGSF2017
13862Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 13x0ADCC88KGSF2017
13864Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG3RD2017
13909Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
14522Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14544Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x4, PenKasai ProABSSPF2017
14666C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2017
15832Michael PerezMichael PerezLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16706DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16883DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
17689Gordon RyanGordon RyanLShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
19712Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLShort chokeKasai 593KGRR2019
20769Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsThird Coast85KGSPF2019
21789Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGF2019
23683Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 16ABSSPF2020
23757Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
11988Nathan OrchardWInside heel hookEBI 1177KGR12017
11992Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12960Micah BrakefieldWRNCSUG 4N/ASPF2017
13851Leandro LoLeandro LoWRNCADCC88KGE12017
13859Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWFlying triangleADCC88KG4F2017
13904Chael SonnenWOutside heel hookADCCABSE12017
14009Ben EgliWOutside heel hookSUG 588KGSPF2017
14188Bob FirasWHeel hookCoffs Harbour InvABSSPF2017
14515Andy BurkeWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14519Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWInside heel hookEBI 14ABS4F2017
14521Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
15126Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15787Mindas VerzbickasWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15788Sergei GrecichoD---QuintetABSRR2018
15797Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWKneebarQuintetABSRR2018
15827Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWTriangleKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15829Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15839Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookKasai Pro 284KG3RD2018
16702Roberto FriasWPts: 7x0Boa Super 8ABS4F2018
16705Ben HodgkinsonWOutside heel hookBoa Super 8ABSSF2018
17172Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17406Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWReferee DecisionGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17684Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWTerra footlockQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17685Adam SachnoffWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17688Antoine JaoudeWRNCQuintet 3ABSF2018
18442Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionPolaris 893KGSPF2018
19235Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWRNCGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19383Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2019
19708Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19711Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCKasai 593KGRR2019
19714Jackson SousaJackson SousaWTerra footlockKasai 593KG3RD2019
20372Denis HallmanWToe holdSUG 888KGSPF2019
20452M. LutesWReferee DecisionPolaris 1085KGSPF2019
20644M. PerhavecWInside heel hookGrappleFest 588KGSPF2019
20877Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20901Anthony JohnsonWInside heel hookSUG 9ABSSPF2019
21735Ben DysonWInside heel hookADCC88KGR12019
21743Mason FowlerMason FowlerWArm in guillotineADCC88KG4F2019
21786Jon BlankJon BlankWRNCADCC88KGSF2019
22570Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReverse triangleGrappleFest 7100KGSPF2019
22678Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWRNCQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22787Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWOutside heel hookSUG 1088KGSPF2019
23573Kevin CaseyWOutside heel hookSUG 12ABSSPF2020
23574Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWverbal tapSUG 13ABSSPF2020
23590Vagner RochaVagner RochaWEBI/OTSUG 1488KGSPF2020
23646Gabriel CheccoWEBI/OTSUG 15ABSSPF2020
23919Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWInside heel hookWNO 493KGSPF2020
24825Brent PrimusWRNCSUG 19ABSSPF2020
24829Satoshi IshiiWRNCSUG 20ABSSPF2020
24992Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26102Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWInside heel hookWNO 992KGSPF2021
26398Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloWReferee DecisionWNO 1090KGSPF2021
28153Davi RamosDavi RamosWReferee DecisionPolaris 1785KGSPF2021

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