Jon “Bones” Jones is currently serving a year ban from competing in the UFC due to a failed out of competition drug test back in June which led to him being pulled from his UFC 200 fight with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. With his inability to fight in MMA, Jones has been focusing his time and energy on grappling.
Jones took part in Chael Sonnen‘s Submission Underground 2 on December 11th in Portland, Oregon and tapped out Dan Henderson in the main event via arm triangle in under six minutes. With grappling and jiu-jitsu being such a fundamental part of Jon’s fighting style, it is no surprise that he’s having a lot of success in the grappling scene.
Man, such a big target on my back. Got all these black belts out to get me. Who's tapping next #SUG3
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 19, 2016
@JonnyBones beg me.
— Pablo (@dillondanis) December 19, 2016
Danis is a very high-level jiu-jitsu practitioner and the matchup seemed to make sense with a lot of people getting excited about the fight. But now it seems like Jones even “entertain” grappling with jiu-jitsu star.
“He’s a lot smaller than me, so already going into that grappling match there is not much to gain. I just beat Henderson and I was a lot bigger than him. I think right now people would like to see me go up against somebody that is bigger than me just to have a different challenge. But him telling me to beg him was just kind of a douchy thing to do. I felt like I was already in a situation where I had not much to gain, not many people know who he is. I just felt he was kind of being a douchebag and I’m not even going to entertain you”
It looks like Jones has made himself clear, he won’t grapple against Danis but with other stars like AJ Agarzarm potentially set to compete against Jones at SUG 3 it will still be an intriguing match.
Jones has had no problem dispatching high-level jiu-jitsu black belts in his career, submitting the likes of Vitor Belfort and has only looked in danger of being submitted once which coincidently happen in the Belfort fight as well when he refused to tap to an excruciating armbar.