Table of Contents
- 1. Craig Jones’s Details
- 2. Craig Jones’s Biography
- 2.1. Who is Craig Jones
- 2.2. Craig Jones’s Early Life and Amateur Fighting
- 2.3. Craig Jones’s Pro BJJ Journey
- 2.4. Craig Jones’s Pro MMA Career
- 2.5. Danaher Squad Break-up and B-Team Formation
- 2.6. Craig Jones’s Historic Wins
- 2.7. Craig Jones’s Championships and Accomplishments
- 3. Craig Jones’s Main Achievements
- 4. Craig Jones’s Main Achievements (Coloured Belts)
- 5. Craig Jones’s Professional Record Breakdown
- 6. Craig Jones’s Match History
- 7. Craig Jones’s Top Fights Links
1. Craig Jones’s Details
|Name||Craig Benjamin Jones|
|Pro MMA Record||51-19-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)|
|Date of Birth||17-07-1991|
|Born||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Last Fight||Jan 21, 2022, in WNO(Who’s Number One) Championship|
|Weight Division||Light Heavyweight / Polaris
|Career Disclosed Earning||NA|
|Fought out of||Melbourne, Australia|
|Foundation Style||Grappling / BJJ/
|Lineage||Carlos Gracie –> Helio Gracie –> Carlos Gracie Junior –> Jean Jacques Macahdo –> John Will –> John Simon –> Lachlan Giles –> Craig Jones|
|Team Association||Absolute MMA / B-Team|
|Favorite Position/Technique||Open Guard/Triangle Choke|
2. Craig Jones’s Biography
2.1. Who is Craig Jones
Craig Jones is an Australian grappler, the Light-Heavyweight and Polaris Middleweight Champion, and an ADCC Silver Medalist.
Jones is a black belt in BJJ under Lachlan Giles, who worked closely with instructor John Danaher and was a key member of the legendary Danaher Death Squad (DDS) team from the late 2010s to the early 2020s. In 2021, Craig became a member of the B-Team, a workgroup formed in 2021 by Jones and a couple of his former DDS (Danaher Death Squad) teammates.
He has cemented his reputation as the best grappler of his generation by winning various major events, including multiple belt titles in the Polaris Invitational Organization and defeating the 88 kg Leandro Lo in the 2017 ADCC tournament.
Craig's ferocious lower body assaults, aggressive approach, and cool and collected temperament have earned him a reputation all around the globe.
2.2. Craig Jones’s Early Life and Amateur Fighting
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, on July 17, 1991, Craig was interested in sports since his childhood. He was an extremely active youngster who began his sporting career with high-intensity activities like basketball and football. But he soon switched his interest to martial arts, shifting his focus to Taekwondo and Judo for a brief period.
Craig's enthusiasm for rough-housing activities reflected his mindset as a youngster when he became interested in mixed martial arts (MMA). He soon realized that it fit him better than traditional martial arts and set his goal to become an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter by the age of 15.
2.3. Craig Joness’ Pro BJJ Journey
Joining ISOHEALTH Academy
He began building a reputation for himself in Australia’s national grappling circuit while studying at the ISOHEALTH Academy under the supervision of Matt Jones.
Joining Maromba Academy
After achieving his purple belt, Craig moved to the Maromba BJJ Academy in Melbourne, where his tuition was eventually picked up by Lachlan Giles. This academy later evolved into Absolute MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), which Craig now calls home.
Receiving Brown and Black Belts
Jones obtained his brown belt from Lachlan Giles in 2015 following his great performance at the IBJJF Worlds. Around the same time, he began full-time teaching in Melbourne. Craig Jones received his BJJ black belt after only a year from Giles in 2016.
Winning National and State Level Gold Medals
Craig Jones originally planned to compete in MMA, but after his first few BJJ fights, he noticed that he found pure jiu-jitsu much more enjoyable and decided to focus on that.
Craig Jones was able to win National and State level gold medals, including AFBJJ-SA State Championship and AFBJJ-NSW State Championship while still training in Adelaide. However, he had to move to Melbourne to take his practice to the next level.
Becoming First Australian to win the IBJJF World Championship
Under the supervision of Lachlan Giles, who Craig considers to be one of Australia's top athletes and teachers, he was able to qualify for the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Championships and became the first male from Australia to win an IBJJF world championship.
Winning ADCC Trials and World No-Gi Championship
Jones won the ADCC Trials two-time along with the 2015 World No-Gi Championship for the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).
Craig also managed to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Behavioural Science while fighting at national and international levels to climb up the ranks of jiu-jitsu.
2.4. Craig Jones’s Pro MMA Career
After being exposed to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Champion) in the late 2000s, Craig began practicing MMA and jiu-jitsu in Adelaide.
In 2016, Craig became an MA1-sponsored fighter and a teacher for the Absolute MMA team.
Winning the Light-Heavyweight and Middle-heavyweight Titles
Craig Jones won the Polaris Light-Heavyweight and Middle-Heavyweight Championship in 2018 by defeating Keenan Cornelius and Jake Shields respectively.
Winning Submission Underground
In December 2020, Craig Jones won the Submission Underground 20 by defeating Satoshi Ishii via rear-naked choke.
2.5. Danaher Squad Break-up and B-Team Formation
Coach Danaher declared the end of Danaher Death Squad as a single training and competition team in July 2021. The main factors behind this split were personality conflicts, the physical location of the school, and tension between team brands and the increasing individual brands of members.
Hence, during the summer of 2021, Craig formed his new team called “B-Team” with some of his DDS training partners: Ethan Crelinsten, Nicky Rodriguez, and Nicky Ryan. The training base of the B-Team was set in Austin, Texas.
2.6. Craig Jones’s Historic Wins
Craig Jones Vs Leandro Lo
In 2017, Craig stunned the world by submitting BJJ icon Murilo Santana, five-time World Champion Leandro Lo, and UFC veteran Chael Sonnen at ADCC.
Due to his submission of Lo in 2017, he got the "Biggest Shocker of the Year" award from Flograppling. Moreover, his prior performances also made him earn the “Breakthrough Grappler of the Year" award.
|2017||ADCC World Championships||Leandro Lo||W||RNC||E1||88 kg|
Craig Jones Vs Jake Shields
Craig won the Polaris Middleweight Championship in 2018 after defeating grappling and MMA icon Jake Shields in a few minutes.
Jake Shields is well-known for his outstanding wrestling and grappling under duress. In order to block Craig from getting to his legs, Jake employed a low grounded base and forward pressure style against Jones .
Jones used his z-guard to keep space and keep Shields off-balance while neutralizing the pressure from the top. He expertly reached the honey hole position with his inverted sweep from the z-guard. His execution was systematic and efficient from there, which enabled him to beat Shields with a splendid heel hook in the end.
|2018||Polaris 6||Jake Shields||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||Middleweight|
2.7. Craig Jones’s Championships and Accomplishments
- WNO Championship
- ADCC World Championship
- Polaris (205/185) lbs Champion
- Kasai 2 & 5 Grand Prix
- EB11 Invitational
- IBJJF World Championship
- AFBJJ Pan Pacific Championship
- ADCC Asian & Oceania Trials
- NAGA World Championship
- UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro
3. Craig Jones’s Main Achievements
|2017||EBI 11 Invitational||3rd Place|
|2018||Kasai 2 185 lbs Grand Prix||3rd Place|
|2018||Polaris 205 lbs Champion||NA|
|2018||Polaris 186 lbs Champion||NA|
|2019||Polaris 186 lbs Champion||NA|
|2019||ADCC World Championship||2nd Place|
|2019||Kasai 5 205 lbs Grand Prix||3rd Place|
4. Craig Jones’ Main Achievements (Coloured Belts)
|2014||AFBJJ Pan Pacific Championship||Purple||1st Place|
|2014||ADCC Asian and Oceania Trials||Purple||1st Place|
|2014||NAGA World Championship||Purple||1st Place|
|2015||IBJJF World Championship (No-Gi)||Purple||1st Place|
|2016||ADCC Asian and Oceania Trials||Purple||1st Place|
|3rd Place||Brown||UAWJ JF Abu Dhabi Pro||2016|
5. Craig Jones’s Professional Record Breakdown
|Professional Record Breakdown|
|72 Matches||51 Wins||19 Losses|
5.1 Submission Methods W/L
|Methods||41 Wins||4 Losses|
|Inside Heel Hook||11||0|
|Outside Heel Hook||1||0|
|Arm Triangle Choke||0||1|
6. Craig Jones’s Match History
|2022||WNO||Pedro Marinho||L||Referee Decision||SPF||93 kg|
|2021||Fury Pro 3||Sean Brady||L||Referee Decision||SPF||90 kg|
|2021||Polaris 17||Davi Ramos||W||Referee Decision||SPF||Middleweight (85 kg)|
|2021||WNO 10||Tye Ruotolo||W||Referee Decision||SPF||90 kg|
|2021||WNO 9||Luiz Panza||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||Heavyweight
|2021||WNO 6||Ronaldo Junior||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||88 kg|
|2020||Submission Underground 20||Satoshi Ishii||W||RNC||SPF||Absolute Division|
|2020||Submission Underground 19||Brent Primus||W||RNC||SPF||Absolute Division|
|2020||WNO 4||Roberto Jimenez||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||93 kg|
|2020||Submission Underground 17||Mason Fowler||L||OT||SPF||Absolute Division|
|2020||Submission Underground 16||Mason Fowler||L||OT||SPF||Absolute Division|
|2020||Submission Underground 15||Gabriel Checco||W||OT||SPF||Absolute Division|
|2020||Submission Underground 14||Vagner Rocha||W||OT||SPF||88 kg|
|2020||Submission Underground 13||Vinny Magalhaes||W||Verbal tap||SPF||ABS|
|2020||Submission Underground 12||Kevin Casey||W||Outside Heel Hook||SPF||ABS|
|2019||Submission Underground 10||Gilbert Burns||W||Outside Heel Hook||SPF||88 kg|
|2019||Quintet Ultra||Fredsom Paixao||W||RNC||SPF||Absolute Division|
|2019||GrappleFest 7||Adam Wardzinski||W||Reverse Triangle||SPF||100 kg|
|2019||ADCC World Championships||Mason Fowler||W||Arm in Guillotine||4F||88 kg|
|2019||ADCC World Championships||Ben Dyson||W||Inside Heel Hook||R1||88 kg|
|2019||ADCC World Championships||Jon Blank||W||RNC||SF||88 kg|
|2019||ADCC World Championships||Matheus Diniz||L||Points||F||88 kg|
|2019||Kasai Super Series Orlando||Anthony Johnson||W||RNC||SPF||ABS|
|2019||Third Coast Grappling Championship 2||Matheus Diniz||L||Points||SPF||85 kg|
|2019||Submission Underground 9||Anthony Johnson||W||Heel Hook||SPF||ABS|
|2019||GrappleFest 5||M. Perhavec||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||88 kg|
|2019||Polaris 10||M. Lutes||W||Decision||SPF||85 kg|
|2019||Submission Underground 8||Denis Hallman||W||Toehold||SPF||88 kg|
|2019||Kasai Pro 5||Kaynan Duarte||L||RNC||RR||93 kg|
|2019||Kasai Pro 5||Jon Blank||W||RNC||RR||93 kg|
|2019||Kasai Pro 5||Pedro Marinho||D||N/A - Draw||RR||93 kg|
|2019||Kasai Pro 5||Jackson Sousa||W||Ankle Lock||3RD||93 kg|
|2019||Grappling Industries: Tim Spriggs vs Craig Jones||Tim Spriggs||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||ABS|
|2019||GrappleFest 4||Gabriel Arges||W||RNC||SPF||ABS|
|2018||Polaris 8||Keenan Cornelius||W||Split Decision||SPF||93 kg|
|2018||Quintet 3||Gordon Ryan||L||Choke||F||Absolute Division|
|2018||Quintet 3||Antoine Jaoude||W||RNC||F||Absolute Division|
|2018||Quintet 3||Richie Martinez||W||Footlock||SF||Absolute Division|
|2018||Quintet 3||Adam Sachnoff||W||RNC||SF||Absolute Division|
|2018||GrappleFest2||Matheus Diniz||W||Decision||SPF||Absolute Division|
|2018||Kasai Pro 3||Rousimar Palhares||W||Penalty||SPF||185lbs|
|2018||Spyder Invitational BJJ Championship Quarter Final||DJ Jackson||L||Decision||SPF||+76kgs|
|2018||BOA Super 8||Ben Hodgkinson||W||Heel Hook||SF||Absolute Division|
|2018||BOA Super 8||DJ Jackson||L||Penalty||F||Absolute Division|
|2018||BOA Super 8||Roberto Frias||W||Heel Hook||4F||Absolute Division|
|2018||Kasai Pro 2||Michael Perez||L||Points||RR||Middleweight|
|2018||Kasai Pro 2||Richie Martinez||W||Inside Heel Hook||3RD||Middleweight|
|2018||Kasai Pro 2||Nick Calvanese||W||Triangle||RR||Middleweight|
|2018||Kasai Pro 2||Dante Leon||W||Points||RR||Middleweight|
|2018||Quintet 1||Sergei Grecicho||D||N/A - Draw||RR||Middleweight|
|2018||Quintet 1||Mindas Verzbickas||W||Leg Lock||RR||Middleweight|
|2018||Quintet 1||Marcous Souza||W||Leg Lock||RR||Middleweight|
|2018||Polaris 6||Jake Shields||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||Middleweight|
|2017||World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship||C. Negromonte||L||Points||4F||85 kg|
|2017||Kasai Pro||Murilo Santana||L||Penalty||SPF||ABS|
|2017||EBI 14||Marcel Goncalves||W||Inside Heel Hook||4F||Absolute Division|
|2017||EBI 14||Andy Burke||W||Inside Heel Hook||R1||Absolute Division|
|2017||EBI 14||Gordon Ryan||L||OT||4F||Absolute Division|
|2017||EBI 14||Anthony Johnson||W||Inside Heel Hook||NA||Absolute Division|
|2017||Bao Super 8||Roberto Frias||W||Heel Hook||4F||ABS|
|2017||Chael Sonnen Presents Submission Underground 5||Ben Egli||W||Heel Hook||SPF||88 kg|
|2017||ADCC World Championships||Leandro Lo||W||RNC||E1||88 kg|
|2017||ADCC World Championships||Gordon Ryan||L||Arm Triangle Choke||4F||Absolute Division|
|2017||ADCC World Championships||Chael Sonnen||W||Outside Heel Hook||E1||Absolute Division|
|2017||ADCC World Championships||Alexandre Ribeiro||L||Points||3RD||88kgs|
|2017||ADCC World Championships||Keenan Cornelius||L||Points||SF||88kgs|
|2017||ADCC World Championships||Murilo Santana||W||Triangle||4F||88kgs|
|2017||Chael Sonnen Presents Submission Underground 4||Micah Brakefield||W||RNC||SPF||NA|
|2017||EBI 11||Darragh O'Conaill||W||Knee Bar||4F||77 kg|
|2017||EBI 11||Nathan Orchard||W||Inside Heel Hook||R1||77 kg|
|2017||EBI 11||Vagner Rocha||L||OT||SF||77 kg|
|2015||ADCC World Championships||R. Barral||L||Kimura||NA||NA|
7. Craig Jones’s Top Fights Links
Craig Jones vs. Roberto Jimenez
Chael Sonnen VS Craig Jones 2017 ADCC Championship
Craig Jones VS Xande Ribeiro 2017 ADCC Championship
Craig Jones vs Mason Fowler - 2019 ADCC
CRAIG JONES VS MASON FOWLER
CRAIG JONES VERSUS GILBERT