Straight up, Endicott, NY son Jon “Bones” is the most exciting young Championship title-holder fighter to enter the game since Iron Mike Tyson. Spreading his wings like a disease, Jones engulfs his opponents with a formidable array of intense spinning back fists, flying knees and submission skills that drive veteran champions off their game plan and into his jabs, clutches and hooks.
Undefeated in his MMA career, if you don’t count his DQ loss to Matt Hamill for illegal elbows, Jones has truly been on the tip of every fight fans tongue since his rapid disposal of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128. One of an elite few UFC athletes to sign endorsement deals outside the Octagon, he has agreements in place with K-Swiss boutique brand FORM Athletics, and a lucrative contract in place with longtime UFC partner, energy drink and supplement player, Xyience.
His highly anticipated bout with Rampage Jackson at UFC 135 in Denver, and first title defense, ended in the fourth round with Jones handing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson a submission loss by rear-naked choke for the first time in the former Pride and UFC Champ’s storied career. Then, of course, his former training partner and now arch nemesis Rashad Evans entered the ring in a three piece suit and in a flash of vintage WWF showmanship skillfully took the light from Jones and set up the next battle in the young champion’s career. The long awaited war will have to wait. Jones did not get away unscathed with Rampage leaving his mark via enough foot stomps to put “Bones” on the shelf, that is, until an offer to headline UFC 140 in Toronto against former division Champion, the elusive Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
Jon Jones is the Son of a Pentecostal Minister. Philippians 4:13 tattooed on his chest a vivid statement signifying he does all things through Christ, who gives him strength. It is what his Mother, a Nurse, has instilled in him since he was a little boy and the gospel according to Jones. A Mother initially disappointed with his chosen career path. “She thought it was a phase I was going through. I wouldn’t make it in the sport, and she always thought I should be a Youth Minister. I Minister through my combats.” It has kept him grounded and well-adjusted to fame and its trappings, both good and bad.
“It’s been a gradual process,” says Jones. “It wasn’t like I woke up one day and was a little bit of a celebrity. It’s been a gradual process, it’s been building up three years in the making. Every morning I’m the guy who wakes up with it and reads the expectations and the critics and all that. I have a good handle on all of it.”
His brother, Arthur, a starting Defensive End in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, has also helped to put Jon over and mould his fighting spirit. And his legendary teammate and future Hall of Fame member has also delivered life advice and lessons.
“Ray Lewis has taught me and Arthur a lot about being a warrior,” elaborates Jones. “He was talking about training really hard in your off time, so that when the season comes fatigue is never an issue. He says fatigue is unacceptable. The fact you got tired is the worst excuse ever to not perform at your best. That’s something I admire about him. Fatigue is a part of every sport but in his eyes it should be because you misread a play, or misread a combination. Not because you’re not fit enough to take care of business.”
New to the sport, Jones Wrestled in High School and was State Champion. “By far the most efficient form of self-defense is Wrestling,” he explains. “If you think about your typical bar fight or street fight, no one is gonna stand there and keep their hands up. They’re gonna try to get your shirt or your jersey over your head. They’re gonna try to press you to the ground. That’s the way it happens. A great Wrestler can be a great Striker. A great Wrestler can be a good Jiu-Jitsu fighter as well, if he plays well.”
His MMA debut was in Spring 2008. Entering UFC competition in Summer of the same year at UFC 87 against Andre Gusmao. A quick study, he primarily trains in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Team Jackson-Winklejohn MMA where he tirelessly puts in work to improve his skills in multiple disciplines.
“I’m training. A lot of people say that I’m unorthodox and I definitely do say its unpredictable tactics that I choose to practice and it makes sense. How do you train against a guy who is throwing a lot of weird things at you? It almost puts you in a headache once you’re in an actual combat situation against someone who throws a lot of different tactics. It works for me. It’s kind of my story. I started off having to teach myself a lot of things and the stuff I was interested in was the really flashy cool move that the other guy didn’t see coming. Now I have a really big playbook of different techniques.
My Boxing defense could come along a little stronger,” he offers. “My top game in Jiu-Jitsu. My bottom game is feeling strong. I’m being really hard to keep down and my submissions from the bottom I complete fluently. My top game could improve. I take a lot of guys down easily and if I could work on my guard passes and submissions from the top it could be even more devastating for opponents.”
The fighters that he respects the most are Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo. Both similar to Jones himself, Champions – Featherweight & Middleweight – with a dynamic fluid attack he adores.
“Hard work and dedication and passion and really being in love with what you’re doing and taking the time out to do the extra, go the extra mile and to study more to the point where its obsessive. You got to be one with what you’re doing and that’s what I feel I am.”
ONE WORD. One Name
We ask the Champ one word responses on the following people.
GSP – Marketable
Dana White – Leader
Malki Kawa – Some bad Mama Jama
Rashad Evans – Self-centered. Conceited. Arrogant. One-word? Right? Don’t get me started.
Rampage Jackson – Entertainer
Greg Jackson – Brilliant
Mauricio Shogun Rua – Legend
JON “BONES” JONES: GAMER
What games do you enjoy playing?
I got a game called Crysis II and I love it. It’s a mixture between Halo and Call Of Duty. It’s really sweet. I’m a big Call Of Duty fan, obviously UFC Undisputed. You guys don’t even try me. I hit legit combinations from the UFC games. I love it.
What’s your Gamer Tag?
Can’t do it. I did it a long time ago and had so many requests it just wasn’t even fun anymore. Now I want to keep it to the guys I know personally.
360 or PS3?
PS3: all day.
If you could be a superhero whom would you choose?
Anderson stole the whole Spiderman thing but I really think Spiderman is awesome. He’s a normal dude that would kick your butt. I would go with Venom.
How can fans interact and keep up with you?
I love my Twitter followers. I’m always tweeting. I try to reply to people who ask legit questions. @jonnybones
a rapidly emerging young hip-hop artist out of Toronto
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Souls (P.S.A.L.M.S.) – on the way, Versis is in the midst of
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dropped, and to have it featured by Peace Magazine would add fuel to
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The SARS Network was very busy in 2011 with classics like TRA’s “The Realness” & Puzzle’s “Like Yo” Singles, But This Year S.A.R.S is starting 2012 with a BANG! The SARS Cypher is the first of many to come from The SARS Network, but let’s just say that this one is to kick down the door and solidify their intentions.
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We proudly present the Dunn Deal Mixtape, V2.012, a mix of choice tracks from our last three years’ projects. V2.012 is mixed by New Orleanian producer/deejay Quickie Mart, who recently released Space Monkey Radio, an EP of artist-approved QM dubstep remixes of songs by Freddie Gibbs, Slightly Stoopid and more (listen here). We are an L.A.-based hiphop/urban PR firm offering full service print, web, radio and video campaigns. HAPPY 2012!
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New Year is the story of two artists – Apex Predator and Crossword – who vow to make a change, fed up with a state of stagnation. Armed with the motivation of the past year’s retrospect and the new year’s acumen, the emcees drop their excuses and storm their next 365-day cycle head-on. This is just the beginning, and with the understanding that the arbitrary notion of a New Year’s Day can be applied at any time, borne out of the celebration is a focused plan. In 2012, Apex Predator will be releasing his debut mixtape, and Crossword is working on his Eclectic mixtape and Different Light EP, as well as the vinyl re-launch of his band’s self-titled Vibonics EP.