Adding to a growing roster of talented Mixed Martial Artists, FORM Athletics has signed standout UFC Light Heavyweight fighter Jon “Bones” Jones to the team. Following the recent announcement of WEC fighter Joseph Benavidez’s signing to the FORM team, alongside fellow Team Alpha Male member Urijah Faber and “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz, the addition of Jonny Bones to FORM Athletics demonstrates the rapid growth of this new MMA lifestyle clothing company. Coinciding with his upcoming match against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko, the rising star will be decked out head to toe in his new FORM Athletics x Jonny Bones signature gear for his walkout when he takes on “The Janitor” on August 1, 2010.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new Jonny Bones Signature Series. In the meantime while we await the arrival of the Jon Jones walkout gear, check out the rest of the FORM Athletics range including the Urijah Faber x AMP Energy signature collection.
The folllowing is the full press release regarding Jones’ addition to the FORM Athletics team.
FORM Athletics Welcomes Jon “Bones” Jones
Laguna Beach, CA – July 20, 2010 – FORM Athletics welcomes Jon “Bones” Jones to the team! FORM Athletics CEO and founder Mark Miller says, “Jon Jones is the type of athlete that inspired us to create FORM Athletics. Amazingly talented, intelligent, confident and articulate, plus he has a great sense of personal style. We are proud that Jon chose to wear FORM Athletics and we look forward to seeing him walk out “head to toe” in FORM Athletics apparel. We wish him the best of luck in his fight with Matyushenko.”
In response to the exciting new alignment, Jones’ Manager Malki Kawa states “We at First Round Management are very excited for Jon and couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to work with than the guys at FORM.”
A light heavyweight in the UFC, the twenty-three year old Jonathan D. Jones was born and raised in upstate New York. Jones was state wrestling champion in 2005 while a senior at Union-Endicott High School and national Junior College Champion at Iowa Central Community College where he earned an Associate’s degree. With his eye originally set on a career in law enforcement and a higher degree in criminal justice, Jones instead found his path in the UFC where he signed a four-fight contract, making him the youngest UFC fighter on the roster at the time and with the longest reach at 84.5 inches.
Jones’ debut UFC fight against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 in 2008 was impressive, his use of takedowns, unorthodox striking, spinning elbows, and a spinning back kick overcame his underdog status and awarded him a victory by unanimous decision. With similar victories in his second and third fights at UFC 94 and 100 against Stephan Bonnar and Jake O’Brien, Jones’ was off to a riveting career. Facing off against fellow light heavyweight prospect Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale, Jones was controversially disqualified. Next up, Jones fought Brandon Vera at UFC Live: Vera Vs. Jones, where he won the fight by TKO (elbow) and also won the Knockout of the Night Award.
Having a healthy personal life helps keep Jon focused in his training. Jon is engaged and has two lovely daughters, Leah and Carmen Nicole.
Co-founder and fellow athlete Urijah Faber predicts great things for Jones, saying “I feel Jon Jones is the next big thing in MMA. He’s young, confident, and creative with the highest level of athletic pedigree. He fits the FORM Athletics brand because he is a fighter with heart and talent, as well as a class act both in and outside of the cage. Jones’ exciting style and positive attitude make him the type of fighter that will be loved whether he wins or loses. There is no doubt in my mind that he is on track to be a UFC world champion.”
On joining the FORM family, Jones says, “I am really excited about FORM Athletics and this opportunity I have with them. I love the clothes and can’t wait to introduce the new Jon Jones collection when I fight on August 1st on Versus 2.”
Expected to face former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko on August 1, 2010 at UFC Live: Jones Vs. Matyushenko, we welcome Jones to the FORM Athletics family and wish him well in the fight!