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Jon Jones Brother Almost Competed In MMA Back In 2011

Andrew Ravens

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Jon Jones successfully retained his Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night against Glover Teixeira. Also, his brothers were in attendance at UFC 172. Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones, Jon’s older brother said that he almost did MMA back in 2011 when the NFL went on a lock out dispute. At the time he was with the Baltimore Ravens.

“I love MMA,” Arthur said to MMA Junkie. “It’s fun to watch, and it’s something I entertained early in my football career if football didn’t work out, of me fighting in the UFC. But things are going well for me right now, so I’m going to stick with my career.

Jones was a two-time New York state wrestling heavyweight champion.

“I was a really good wrestler, so that was my base, but I do a lot of boxing in a my off-season training,” Arthur said. “I train at Greg Jackson’s pretty much every off-season.

“I love it. It keeps my mind fresh. It just keeps me hungry when it’s football season because I’m training parts and muscles and different things, and it keeps me active in different ways so I don’t get bored doing the same thing with football.”

Jones is only 27, however is 315 and would have to cut some weight to make the 265 weight (Heavyweight) division. He was picked in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Some will wonder what Jones could have done in his MMA career, but we can all agree that his brother Jon Jones is doing just fine in his career.


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