Jonny "Bones" Jones

 

Age: 23

Height/weight: 6’4” 205

Born: Rochester, New York

Hometown: Endicott, New York

Fighting Out Of: Albuquerque, NM

MMA Experience: 2 years

MMA Record: 10-1-0

 

Accolades: 2004 US National High School Greco-Roman All-American, 2005 New York State Wrestling Champion, 2006 Junior College National Wrestling Champion, (Iowa Central) USKBA 205 lb. Champion

 

PERSONAL FILES

 

Nickname? 

Bones

 

Tattoos? 

Philippians 413 on right chest, Chinese symbols on left rib cage that mean “peaceful warrior”

 

Toughest fighter I’ve faced:

Stephan Bonnar

 

My biggest fight:

Brandon Vera

 

What is your fighting style:

Wrestling, Muay-Thai, jiu jitsu, water

 

What is your favorite move:

Spinning elbows

 

Closest friends in MMA: 

George St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, Coach Greg Jackson, Kru Phil Nurse, First Round Management, Mike Winklejohn

 

Favorite foods:

Lasagna, steak and shrimp, mashed potatoes, subway subs

 

Favorite movies: 

300, Gladiators

 

What is in your iPod? 

50 cent, Jay Z

 

Superstitions:

none

 

Best qualities for a person to have:

Treat everyone with respect and generally be kind

 

My hero is:

Mohammad Ali, Bruce Lee

 

In my spare time, I like to:

Play with my kids, train, spend time with my girl and play the UFC 2010 game, and Call of Duty.  

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Jones was born in Rochester, New York, though he was raised in Endicott, New York and considers it to be his hometown.

 

Jon was a 2005 state wrestling champion while a senior at Union-Endicott High School and a national Junior College Champion at Iowa Central Community College where he earned his Associate's degree.

 

Jones planned on getting a higher degree in Criminal Justice and pursuing a career in Law Enforcement, but after spending a semester in Morrisville State College, he signed a four-fight contract with the UFC, making him the youngest UFC fighter on the roster at that time.

 

He is noted for having the longest reach in the UFC at 84.5 inches.

 

Jones' debut UFC fight was against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008. Jones took the fight on three weeks notice as a late replacement and put on an impressive performance using takedowns and some unorthodox striking, such as spinning elbows and a spinning back kick. Even though he came into the fight widely regarded as a heavy underdog, Jones earned a unanimous decision victory.

 

Jon has a daughter named Leah, who was born on July 11, 2008. He believes that being in a committed relationship helps him stay focused on his training. The couple had their second daughter, Carmen Nicole Jones in December 2009