Jon Jones' Brother Says He Almost Did MMA
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.28.2014
He considered it early in his football career...
Jon Jones' brother, Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones, recently spoke with MMAjunkie about considering an MMA career before he made it in the NFL. Check out the highlights:
On how he nearly got into the sport: "I love MMA. 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. I was supposed to take a fight when we had the lockout a few years ago. I was getting ready to schedule it, and I was training for it. Thank God for the other guy the lockout ended."
On training with Jon: "I was a really good wrestler, so that was my base, but I do a lot of boxing in a my off-season training. 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."
On their high school wrestling careers: "I must confess here: I had the much easier route wrestling at 275. Jon had all the studs in his weight class, wrestling 195. Those are men sizes – the average man as a senior or junior in high school. His competition was a lot stiffer than mine. I had better competition once I got to the state level, but Jon always had tough competition. But he was a guy that never quit."
On the family's success: "It really hasn't hit me yet. I think it's one of those things that when we're done with the sport that God has blessed us with, we can sit back and say, ‘Man, I was great in this sport,' or ‘I accomplished this.' I think that's really when it's going to hit us. But right now, we're just trying to keep our family name great."