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Default From Amateur to UFC in Three Months - A Jon Jones Video Timeline

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Apr 20, 2012 - Flash back to April 11, 2008. Jon Jones is a 20-year-old kid preparing for his professional debut at a sleepy show in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Forward three months and six profoundly violent finishes later, "Bones" is on the receiving end of a phone call to replace Tomasz Drwal against undefeated prospect Andre Gusmao two weeks out from UFC 87.

No matter how many times it's repeated, that timeline is absolutely absurd. Show me a kid out there that just picked up a basketball and could be talented enough to play for the Miami Heat in August. Go ahead, I'll wait. Bonus points if he's under the American legal drinking age.

So while Jones readies for the first defining moment of his young career tomorrow, it seems appropriate to look back at the lanky guy who ran roughshod over the entire northeast, playing the game he loved and emulating the men he saw on television. Knowing what we know now, flashes of what Jones would eventually become are all over this footage.

Also, his nickname used to be Sexual Chocolate.

This is where it all started. Jonathan Dwight Jones, future UFC champion, enters the cage for the first time against Brad "The Barroom Brawler" Bernard to a quiet reception in Foxborough. He may be just 20 years old, but certain aspects of his fighting style are already unmistakable, both good and bad (by the way, Bernard would never fight again. Though neither would we after this.):
http://youtu.be/gVooqArjV9E

Just seven days later, Jones is back in action against Carlos Eduardo. This would be Jones' longest pre-UFC fight, so it remains a fascinating retrospective of a kid still putting everything together. The flashy offense, the confidence bordering on cockiness, the staunch takedown defense, and the obvious Anderson Silva influences are all on display here:
http://youtu.be/dPSHM2LOjgQ

Three more weeks pass and Jon has already picked up another win -- a 75-second guillotine finish over Anthony Pina. Now he meets Ryan Verrett, an unlucky man sporting a 1-3 record, at a cramped show in Connecticut. So if you're keeping track, Bones has been a professional fighter for almost four weeks, is already 3-0, and is about to earn the fastest knockout of his career. This kid's going places:
http://youtu.be/Nt8D_taA9gI

Another month goes by and Jones notches a 36-second win over Parker Porter, before meeting Moyses Gabin in his final fight on the regional scene. And it would be a fitting sendoff. After a surprisingly back-and-forth brawl, Jones exits the cage with the USKBA light heavyweight strap around his waist. Less than a month later, he's in Minneapolis for UFC 87:
http://youtu.be/P1xq7OkEF14
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Ok, I did not realize he went from his first Amateur bout to the UFC in 3 months. What did he have, about 18 months of MMA training total at the time? That's just nuts!
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Ok, I did not realize he went from his first Amateur bout to the UFC in 3 months. What did he have, about 18 months of MMA training total at the time? That's just nuts!
No, it was his first pro fight to the UFC in 3 months.
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No, it was his first pro fight to the UFC in 3 months.
Ah, thanks for the clarification...still very impressive nonetheless!
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Ah, thanks for the clarification...still very impressive nonetheless!
Yeah, absolutely.
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Ah, thanks for the clarification...still very impressive nonetheless!
i don't even think he had an amateur career ... but i could be wrong ..... didn't he say he started fighting pro to make $$?
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i don't even think he had an amateur career ... but i could be wrong ..... didn't he say he started fighting pro to make $$?
Intro I forgot to post:

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Apr 20, 2012 - Flash back to April 11, 2008. Jon Jones is a 20-year-old kid preparing for his professional debut at a sleepy show in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Forward three months and six profoundly violent finishes later, "Bones" is on the receiving end of a phone call to replace Tomasz Drwal against undefeated prospect Andre Gusmao two weeks out from UFC 87.

No matter how many times it's repeated, that timeline is absolutely absurd. Show me a kid out there that just picked up a basketball and could be talented enough to play for the Miami Heat in August. Go ahead, I'll wait. Bonus points if he's under the American legal drinking age.

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Also, his nickname used to be Sexual Chocolate.
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