Jon “Bones” Jones is an American mixed martial artist and former UFC light heavyweight champion. He is scheduled to fight for the UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on December 29.
Before he started doing MMA, Jones was an accomplished high school wrestler, who won the state championship at Union-Endicott High School in upstate New York. Like his brothers, who play in the NFL, Jones was also a football player, but he was deemed too small to play his position.
Jones would later drop out of college to chase his MMA dreams.
Jones made his MMS debut in April 2008, then joined the UFC in August 2008 after winning the USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones defeated Andre Gusmão in his UFC debut, then defeated Stephan Bonnar in his next fight.
After winning his first three fights, Jones was rewarded with a four-fight contract in 2009. By then, he was a rising star in the promotion and kept impressing management with each win.
In 2011, after training partner Rashad Evans was forced to pull out of his title fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua with a knee injury, Jones was given a shot at the title instead. Jones defeated Rua in the third round to become the youngest champion in UFC history.
Jones would go on to defend his title against the likes of Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Chael Sonnen, and Evans, who lost by unanimous decision.
Since defeating Rua for the belt, Jones has not lost a fight, but he his personal problems over the last few years threatened to derail his career. Now that he has been given a third chance to keep his career going, he will need to be more focused than he has ever been if he wants to regain his belt.
Jon Jones Fight records