UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones has two brothers in the NFL: Arthur, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, and New England Patriot Chandler. Sports Illustrated's Jeff Wagenheim talked to Jon about his brothers and how they might fare in the UFC.
Football is "Arthur's passion in life," said Jon Jones. But if that career were to end up as a dead end, said Jon, "Arthur wouldn't hesitate to pursue mixed martial arts."
But don't worry, little brother. Your legacy in the 205-pound weight class would be safe. Arthur Jones is listed on the Ravens roster at 310 pounds. "The dedication that it would take for him to get down to the 265 heavyweight limit," said Jon, " 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 Jones, "Chandler's not a fighter, other than when we play slap boxing games in our mom's and dad's backyard."
It hasn't got a lot of attention in the MMA media, but the majority of the mainstream media (ESPN, SI) attention that UFC 152 has gotten has involved Jon Jones and his two brothers in the NFL. It's a nice introduction to casual fans and really changes the subject away from Jon Jones forcing UFC 151 to be cancelled.
Jones defends his title against Vitor Belfort tomorrow at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
No one will be wearing helmets or shoulder pads.