Middle Man

By wbng sports

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 2:29 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

"Fighting out of Endicott, New York, Jonny "Bones" Jones!"

He's the middle of three brothers and the self-described runt of the trio, but don't take Jon Jones lightly or he might do this to you...

"Jones likes to throw, nice trip, there's some Greco."

Jon says, "Fighting is kind of a thinker's sport. It's like a chess match, you just use your body and your natural tools. I just love how raw the sport is, there's no one to blame anything on, it's just you and the other guy."

The now 22-year-old Jones got his start as a Union-Endicott wrestler, winning a state championship in 2005 on the same day older brother Art also won a title.

"Winning a state championship was always my dream and once I did that, I just believed, I believed from there on out that the sky was the limit."

Jon's mom wasn't always a big supporter.
"I hated going to the wrestling matches and they'd ask me, why? And I said because I don't want to see you guys get hurt and they assured me, mom, we're not the ones getting hurt."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Jones won a national championship in junior college, before taking up mixed martial arts three years ago.
Since then, he has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the ranks of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

He's one of the top contenders in the light heavyweight division, and could fight for a world championship later this year.
"My biggest thing is just work as hard as I can, leave every fight, I don't ever want to leave a fight saying what I could've done or what I should've done so I try to live a pretty clean life, train really hard, eat healthy."

These days, Jones lives in Ithaca with his fiancee and two young daughters.
He relies heavily on his faith and doesn't let success change him.

"Who would think, just guys from Endicott making it on a big scale really trying to shock the world. Always go for your dreams and you could be sitting in the Octagon or in an NFL stage or whatever your path is, whatever it is, just go for it."

He's fighting for his dream, one round at a time, enjoying every minute of the ride.
In Endicott, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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