Arthur Jones: I almost tried MMA during the 2011 NFL lockout


UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones famously has two brothers in the NFL, Arthur and Chandler.

Older brother Arthur has trained in MMA off season for a couple of years, and has what it takes to be an elite fighter, according to Jon.

"Arthur has a tremendous amount of potential in martial arts," Jon told SI's
Jeff Wagenheim in 2012. "He has phenomenal wrestling skills, he's a fast learner, he has a great work ethic. I just think he's a natural fighter."

"The dedication that it would take for him to get down to the 265 heavyweight limit [from his current 310], I think it would transform him mentally into the warrior he needs to be to compete at a high level. And he would be faster than ever and mentally a stronger person. I think he would make a great contender, if not champion, in the UFC."

Chandler, too?

"Nah," said Jon. "Chandler's not a fighter, other than when we play slap boxing games in our mom's and dad's backyard."

Now, in an interview with MMAJunkie, Arthur reveals that he almost gave MMA a shot during the 2011 NFL lockout.

“I love MMA,” Arthur said. “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.”

“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.”

“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” Arthur said of his family’s success. “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.”

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Arthur engaged in an impromptu wrestling match back in 2011 with then fellow Raven Kelly Gregg. The defensive lineman was a three-time Oklahoma state champion (1993-1994-1995) at Heavyweight. Arthur was a two-time New York state champion in wrestling.

3 > 2 and Oklahoma wrestling > New York wrestling. Gregg gets the TD!

That is Ray Lewis giving the color commentary.

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Endowedwelter site profile image  

4/28/14 10:11 PM by Endowedwelter

Best response here yet. So hilarious hearing about guys in other sports get this kind of attention without ever fighting a sanctioned MMA bout. Hey maybe UfC should sign him and after going 1-1 give him a title shot?

DoomFarmer site profile image  

4/28/14 8:39 PM by DoomFarmer

Yeah, I did.I was totally wrong and Glover got handled.Life goes on pretty easily, actually.Not sure what you expect?

shaqitup site profile image  

4/28/14 8:28 PM by shaqitup

Good wrestling =/= good mma wrestler tbh.Cain has accomplished less in wrestling than both Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar, but wiped the floor with brock while being much smaller, and would most likely have beaten carwin as well.

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

4/28/14 8:21 PM by SQUEEZIE

hey did you catch ufc 172?

whitesun site profile image  

4/28/14 6:38 PM by whitesun

Well, honestly, when that weigh in happened, there were loads of threads all around the internet where it was analyzed to some extent who he talked to and opinion of many was he was talking to Tyrone back then, so i just went with it since i assumed the same the first time i saw weigh-ins live. so for your a.) - i might be wrong - with that being said, just replace "Tyrone Spong" with "Rashad Evans" - it doesn't really matter to me. He's not a fighter, and especially he's not fighting Rashad next day and behaviour like that, when Jon backs off from somewhat heated staredown, he still barks, looks kind of stupid, cocky, and leaves most audience in "come on, was that really necessary.. lol" b.) There was some reconstruction of what he said, at least one guy claims he said: "You dont want to do that. You dont want to do that. Wait tomorrow. Tomorrow."there :)

T Bag site profile image  

4/28/14 6:17 PM by T Bag

How the fuck can you even tell a) who he's talking to and b) what he's saying?Seems like a major assumption to state that he was being disrespectful to Spong based on that gif.

DoomFarmer site profile image  

4/28/14 6:10 PM by DoomFarmer

Arthur Jones vs. Diabetes in the year 2025

hubris site profile image  

4/28/14 6:08 PM by hubris

hard workthat's all it takes

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

4/28/14 5:20 PM by duckhuntgangsta

Knowing he has a strong wrestling base and the level of athletics he has, he would be quite the force considering he could likely be 280-290 after rehydration. That's a huge weight advantage. Now can he take a punch?? The UFC will get someone like that one day and it won't be pretty.    All that said, you can't count Cain out of any fight. He's a complete monster.