Jon Jones envisions a career in acting after he’s done fighting
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones has plenty of fight left in him. He has not lost a bout since December of 2009, and even then it was by way of disqualification for throwing illegal elbows. However, Jones has already formulated a long-term plan for his career.
When he calls it quits in the octagon, Jones is hoping to make it in Hollywood. He recently said he’d like to model his career after that of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“I’d like to model my acting career on Dwayne Johnson, the way he came out of (WWE) and started off tough guy roles and then moved over to doing ‘Tooth Fairy,’” Jones said, via the Star-Gazette. “That’s when you really saw that he could act, and he’s the one I admire and respect a lot, so I know I’d love to model my acting career after (him).”
With a win over Alexander Gustafsson in September at UFC 165, Jones would become the most successful light heavyweight in UFC history. He is only 24 years old and already has 19 career professional fights, so his fighting career is likely going to end at a relatively young age. That’s why Jones has already been meeting with Hollywood executives.
“Those meetings went great,” he explained. “I realize that they see that I have a little bit of character on me, and with the right training, I could possibly be in some movies in the future.
“As an entertainer, I think acting is one of the highest levels you can get, and right now, I’m doing pretty well in my field, which is the martial arts world. To branch out a little bit and get my feet wet there and maybe prepare myself for a career after this career, I think it’s all part of the plan.”
Right now, Jones’ fighting does the talking. In order to succeed in Hollywood, his talking would have to do the talking. We have already seen Gina Carano successfully transition into acting and we know Ronda Rousey has landed some roles in upcoming films. Randy Couture has done the same by starring in “The Expendables.” With time on his side, Jones should at least be given a shot.