With Jon Jones’ dominant run in the UFC, there’s a completely unreasonable feeling going around that he’s cleaned out the light heavyweight division in his first title fight. With eight visits to the Octagon and no known vulnerability, this feeling is just slightly less than extreme.
But can you imagine if his “more talented, more athletic” brother Arthur Jones, currently a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, decided to fight at heavyweight?
Turns out it’s not so much a question of "if" but maybe "when." At least that’s what Bones told ESPN.com while vacationing in Manhattan on Saturday. With the NFL’s season being threatened with a lockout, the two-time New York high school wrestling champion is already in the gym improving his jiu-jitsu.
“Arthur’s considering it and he’s training,” Jones said. “I just talked to him today and he said ‘man, my jiu-jitsu’s getting so much better.’ I guess he’s using his wrestling base, and his size alone is crazy to deal with. He’s just a smart dude. I think he’s going to do well if he ever gets cut or leaves the NFL. I’m biased. I really want my brother to be in the UFC with me; that would be so sweet.”
Arthur Jones walks around at 320 pounds, so he’d need to have a yogi’s gift of physical reduction to make the leap. However, that’s not something the newly crowned UFC champion Jon Jones sees as a problem. Scarier still, Bones suggests his brother is better than him. At what exactly? At about everything.
“I think if you gave Arthur two years of training he could be very well considered one of the top heavyweights. He’s training it now. He’s always been a better wrestling than me, he’s always better than me. I’ve never been a team captain. He’s been a team captain at everything, the football team, the wrestling team. Since Day 1, he’s been a leader. He’s just gifted. He just has timing, and body coordination, and light feet. Everything.”
Asked what his brother’s nickname would be, Jones -- who was given the nickname “Bones” for having stick-like legs next to his massive brothers (his other brother Chandler is a defensive lineman at Syracuse) -- Jones laughed.
“I don’t know, dude. The Beast; The Monster? Domination? I don’t know, but he’d just kill it. Cain Velasquez would get smashed!”
Though he was joking when he said this, you know what they say about where to find kernels of truth.