Grappling Jon Jones: An Interview With Don Daubert

In case you missed it, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones added another belt to his collection this weekend when he won a belt at NAGA.

The Jiu-Jitsu Times couldn’t get an interview with the legendary “Bones” but we were able to get a hold of his NAGA opponent, Don Daubert.

Here is what he had to say about rolling with one the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Photo of Don Daubert and Eddie Bravo. Used with permission of Don Daubert
Photo of Don Daubert and Eddie Bravo. Used with permission of Don Daubert

Jiu-Jitsu Times: Where do you train and what is your rank?

Don Daubert: I train at 10th Planet Phoenix and I am a purple belt under John Botello.

JJT: What were you feelings when you found out you were going to be competing against the UFC light heavyweight champion and a man who some believe is the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world?

DD: So, it didn’t quite happen like that. My friend Erik and I saw him at a NAGA merchandise stand. So, I said, ‘Hey, let’s go fan boy out and see if he will give us a picture. But he ducked into this changing tent. So we waited for him for a picture, but he came out in jiu-jitsu gear, and I asked him if he was rolling today, and he said yes. I then said, “Hey, if you are ever interested in rolling with someone DC-shaped while in Phoenix, let me know.” He talked to someone and then said, “Hey, I want to fight him,” and pointed at me.

JJT: Nice!

DD: He asked me what I weighed and what belt level I was and then they just had us do a match. It was a very surreal experience and one that I would have never expected in a million years when I woke up this morning.

JJT: You used the term “fan boy out” earlier. Were you a Jon Jones fan before your fight with him?

DD: Oh absolutely! He is one of the best fighters in the world, if not the best.

JJT: What can you tell us about his grappling style?

DD: His takedowns are fast! His length is such a problem. You can see him holding me down and I can’t even get close to reaching him. He sneaked that arm in on the far side and I never expected someone to be able to get a grip across me. By the time I realized what he was going for, his grip was sunk in. I have been smiling all day, though. It was a great experience.

JJT: I can imagine. And yeah, I can see his length gave you a lot of problems, as it does for most UFC fighters. What about after the match? I noticed you guys shook hands and hugged. Did you find him to be a pretty humble and likable guy?

DD: He was an absolute gentleman. We hugged, and thanked each other for the match, and I got a picture with him. He kept saying that he had a blast. It was so much fun, that he wanted to do it again. I hope he does. He could easily be world class in a short while.

You can watch Don’s match against Jon Jones below: 

Don Daubert vs Jon Jones

Posted by 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Phoenix on Saturday, October 15, 2016


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