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Craig Jones

Craig Jones

Craig Jones, an Australian grappler, is the light-heavyweight and Polaris Middleweight Champion and an ADDC silver medalist. He is a Black belt BJJ under the supervision of Lachlan Giles. Craig Jones was a prominent member of the DDS (Danaher Death Squad) from the late 2010s to the beginning of 2020s. He joined team B in 2021, founded by Jones and the other team members of Danaher Death Squad.

Craig Jones is known for exceptional success in superfights and No-Gi grappling tournaments worldwide. His aggressive grappling approach and ferocious lower-body assaults made him famous and earned a reputation all over the world.

Jones became (the IBJJF) World No-Gi Champion (2015 in the purple belt category) and two-time ADCC Trials champion. Craig Jones made a significant impact at the 2017 ADCC finals by defeating the tournament’s top-seeded 88-kilogram competitor, Leandro Lo. Jones further solidified his reputation as one of his generation’s top grapplers by winning numerous prestigious competitions, including multiple belt titles in the Polaris Invitational promotion.

Craig Jones – Jiu Jitsu Profile

Full Name: Craig Benjamin Jones

Nick Name: Not Applicable

Key Achievements

  • Polaris 205 lbs Titleholder (2018)
  • Polaris 185 lbs Titleholder (2018 / 2019)
  • Runner-up ADCC World Championship (2019 / 2022)
  • Bronze Medalist EBI 11 Invitational (2017)
  • Bronze Medalist Kasai 2 185lbs Grand Prix (2018)
  • Bronze Medalist Kasai 5 205lbs Grand Prix (2019)

Key Achievements (Colored Belts)

  • Gold Medalist IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2015 purple)
  • Champion NAGA World Championship (2014 purple)
  • Winner of ADCC Asian & Oceania Trials (2014 / 2016)
  • Third Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2016 brown)
  • Champion AFBJJ Pan Pacific Championship (2014** purple)

Preferred Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Category: Meio Pesado (88.30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Affiliated Team/Association: Absolute MMA / B-Team

Biography Of Craig Jones

Craig Jones came into the world on July 17, 1991, in the city of Adelaide, located in South Australia. His lineage is Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Jean Jacques Machado / Rigan Machado > John Will > John Simon > Lachlan Giles > Craig Jones.

As a child, Jones was highly energetic, engaging in a range of vigorous sports such as Australian rules football and basketball. He also had a brief training period in taekwondo and judo. His inclination towards physically demanding activities hinted at his mindset as he transitioned into mixed martial arts (MMA) during his teenage years. He aspired to become an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter by his 15th birthday.

Craig Jones BJJ Training

With his eyes set on the UFC, Craig enrolled in his cousin Matt Jones’ BJJ academy (2006), a gym known as ISOHEALTH. Under Matt’s mentorship, Craig established his reputation in Australia’s national grappling circuit. He later joined the Maromba Academy in Melbourne (subsequently renamed Absolute MMA) as a purple belt, where Lachlan Giles mentored him.

Jones got his brown belt after an impressive performance at the IBJJF World No Gi Championship in December 2015. Around the same period, Craig started working as a BJJ instructor. After a year, Craig was promoted to the black belt level by Lachlan Giles. Jones also trained with John Danaher in New York City at Team Renzo Gracie. There, he emerged as one of the most notable students of the renowned coach in the competition circuit.

As he progressed the jiu jitsu hierarchy, competing frequently at both national and international levels, Craig Jones also succeeded in earning a degree in Behavioral Science (Psychology).

Danaher Death Squad Splitting

In July 2021, John Danaher, the coach, declared the split of the Danaher Death Squad as a cohesive training and competition team. He mentioned the primary reasons for the separation of Danaher Death Squad as:

  • The geographical location of a school
  • Personality clashes
  • Differing values
  • An unavoidable strain between the team brand
  • The expanding personal brands of members 

Later in the year, during the Summer, Craig Jones revealed his new team, which he formed with a few of his DDS training partners. It includes specifically Nicky Ryan, Ethan Crelinsten, and Nicky Rodriguez. This new squad was named the “B-Team” and established its training headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Craig Jones Grappling Record

Professional Record Breakdown
72 Matches 51 Wins 19 Losses
By Points 1 6
By Submission 41 4
By Decision 4 3
By EBI/OT 2 4
By Advantages 0 0
Injury 1 0
Split Decision 1 0
Penalty 1 2
Draw 2

Submission Methods W/L

Methods 41 Wins 4 Losses
Triangle 2 0
Inside Heel Hook 11 0
Heel Hook 8 0
RNC 11 1
Reverse Triangle 2 0
Leg Lock 2 0
Guillotine 1 0
Toehold 1 0
Outside Heel Hook 1 0
Ankle Lock 1 0
Foot Lock 1 0
Knee Bar 1 0
Arm Triangle Choke 0 1
Choke 0 1
Kimura 0 1
Year
Event
Opponent
W/L/D
Method
Stage
Weight

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

85 kg

2021

WNO 10

Tye Ruotolo

W

Referee Decision

SPF

90 kg

2021

WNO 9

Luiz Panza

W

Inside Heel Hook

SPF

92 kg

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

Keenan Cornelius

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

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 Underground5

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

L

Inside Heel Hook

R1

77 kg

2017

ADCC World Championships

R. Barral

L

Kimura

NA

NA

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  1. […] at the start of the match by moving on his back so rapidly that both of them fell on the BJJ mat. Craig Jones was determined to prevent any defensive move and escape attempt while executing the rare naked […]

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