Jon “Bones” Jones has been promoted to blue belt.
The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and man who was widely considered one of — if not the — best mixed martial artists in the world received his belt from four-time No-Gi World Heavyweight Champion Roberto Alencar from Gracie Barra New Mexico.
Bones posted the picture on his Instagram with the message:
It was an honor to receive a blue belt today from my professor @tussagb. Wanted to sincerely thank my family at both @jacksonwink_mma and @graciebarranm for always standing with me, encouraging me, and pushing me to new heights. This week the belt was blue, next week it will be gold.
That’s not to say that Jon “Bones” Jones is “just a blue belt” though. He manhandled high-ranking jiu-jitsu practitioners and he tapped BJJ black belt Vitor Belfort via an Americana.
Next week, Jon Jones will have a chance to get another belt wrapped around his waist — this one, black and gold — when he takes on reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and heated rival, Daniel Cormier.
Until then, Jones can enjoy his new blue belt.
We here at the Jiu-Jitsu Times would like to congratulate Mr. Jon Jones on his promotion.