DENVER (AP) — UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones always envisioned himself fighting crime, not competitors.
A wrestler in college, Jones had his heart set on a law enforcement career once he finished his degree. But having a young family led to a career change.
Always a mixed martial arts fan from his days of watching the bouts with his roommates, and needing to make some extra cash, Jones decided to pursue that path.
In March, Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history. Now, he will put his title on the line against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 in Denver on Sept. 24.
Jones, who turned 24 on Tuesday, has a tough assignment as Jackson desperately wants his title back, even relocating to the Mile High City to train.