Jon Jones is a mixed martial artist who has won the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Light Heavyweight Championship twice. He is considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial arts fighters of all time and has been ripped from titles, due to disciplinary actions. He is also the holder of the longest active winning streak in the UFC. Let us have a brief look at the life, career, and net worth of Jon Jones in 2018 in this article.
Early Life & Biography
Jon Jones was born as Jonathan Dwight Jones on July 19th, 1987, in Rochester, New York, the United States. He attended the Union-Endicott High School and was the state champion in New York. While he attended Iowa Central Community College, he won the national JUCO championship and got transferred to Morrisville State College to take the course of Criminal Justice. However, he dropped out of the course in order to pursue a career in MMA.
Jon is in a relationship with his fiancée Jessie, and the couple has four daughters. He has two brothers who are American Football players and his elder sister Carmen died of brain cancer. Throughout his career, he has involved himself in a lot of controversies including a hit and run case and a doping case and was fined with $25,000 in 2015 for violating UFC’s code of conduct policy.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Jones fought against Andre Gusmao in his debut UFC bout on August 9, 2008. He staged a great performance which earned him his first victory through a unanimous decision. His unorthodox style of combat helped him to emerge victorious in his next two fights against Stephan Bonnar and Jake O’Brien respectively which made him sign a 4-fight contract.
Before earning his place as the contender for the Light Heavyweight Championship, Jones defeated Brandon Vera, former light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko, and Ryan Bader. As the light heavyweight title contender Rashad Evans sustained a knee injury, Jones was awarded the chance to replace Rashad as the contender for the light heavyweight title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
On March 19, 2011, Jones defeated Mauricio and claimed his first ever Light Heavyweight Championship at the age of 24, becoming the youngest UFC champion ever. He defended his title against Quinton Jackson in September 2011 and once again in December against Lyoto Machida.
In April 2015, he was stripped off his title and suspended from the UFC for six months as he was involved in a hit-and-run incident which allowed Cormier to become the new champion. In 2016, Jones was suspended for a year by the USADA for doping violation and was stripped off his interim title, creating another history as the only fighter to be stripped off twice. Jones fought Cormier in 2017 returning from suspension and regained his title as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, but once again he was stripped off, as he was tested positive with a banned substance.
Jones holds the record for Most successful light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history with eight times and Most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history, once again eight times. He also holds the record for most wins in UFC Light Heavyweight division with 16 victories.
Net Worth & Earnings
He has consistently earned a sum of $400,000 with each fight from April 2012 to July 2017 with the highest earning per fight coming from his bout against Cormier in July 2017. He has earned $500,000 for the show along with a $50,000 performance of the night bonus and a $30,000 Reebok sponsorship. His total UFC career earnings so far are said to be $5,080,000, and his net worth is estimated to be $12 million.
Jon Jones is one of the most gifted martial artists in the world, and he has proved it ever since he has stepped into the ring. Having fought 24 bouts so far, he has won 22 of them and has lost only one fight which is quite an enormous feat to achieve.