Jon Jones is one of the greatest MMA fighters in the history of the sport, but even he is happy to test his grappling skills against some of the talent at a local NAGA event. Of course, as with the majority of the times that elite MMA fighters decide to step in against regular competitors, Jones was clearly significantly more skilled than his opponents. The NAGA event took place alongside a fitness expo that Jones was attending at some point in 2016 and he decided to step in against two game grapplers at the last minute.
Even prior to his MMA career beginning in 2008, Jones likely already had more mat-time in the bank than the two men he was competing against as he was an impressive wrestler in high school and even won a state championship at one point. By the beginning of 2016, Jones had not only already won the UFC Light-Heavyweight world championship but he had also managed to rack up an astounding eight title defenses. After his last defense against Daniel Cormier, Jones experienced the first of many controversies that have grown to define his career.
He was involved in a hit-and-run incident with a pregnant woman that resulted in his suspension for violating the UFC athlete code of conduct and cost him his title. At UFC 197 on April 23rd, 2016, Jones made his triumphant return to the sport and won a decision victory over Ovince Saint Preux, winning the interim UFC Light-Heavyweight title. After years as a skilled wrestler and over a dozen fights against elite MMA competition, it’s no surprise that two regular grapplers weren’t able to offer him much challenge.
The footage of Jon Jones grappling with two different opponents at a NAGA event in 2016 was uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Jiu Jitsu World:
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