Keenan Cornelius vs. Craig Jones
Jones Beats Keenan At Polaris 8!
This past weekend in the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales, Polaris Jiu Jitsu Invitational 8 took place. The main event was a showdown between Keenan Cornelius and Craig Jones. This was a rematch of their 2017 ADCC match, where Keenan defeated Craig Jones in their 88 kilogram semifinals match, 13-0.
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For this match, the majority of it was spent with Keenan playing guard and Jones attempting to pass. However, in the last period (last 5 minutes), Jones was able to take down Keenan, as both competitors stood back up. This move was enough for Jones to win a split decision- evening their head to head match up 1 to 1.
Keenan Cornelius Biography
Keenan was born in Hawaii on February 25, 1992. He began taking BJJ lessons at the age of 14, and trained under Cassio Werneck, and then BJ Penn for three years (where he received his purple belt) before moving to Camp Springs, Maryland to joining Team Lloyd Irvin (TLI). At TLI, Keenan gained widespread jiu jitsu recognition during his purple belt days (2012), where he won the “Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam”, winning the IBJJF World, Pans, European, and Brazilian National titles at his weight class and the open class, competing for Team Lloyd Irvin.
On February 27, 2103, Keenan announced his split from Team Lloyd Irvin amidst several sexual scandals and accusations (which did not include Keenan), which resulted in several high level competitors leaving the school- including JT Torres, Keenan Cornelius, and Jordan Schultz. A few days later, he announced he was going to Atos Jiu Jitsu in San Diego. After his move to Atos, he continued his winning ways by winning the IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Championships- brown belt, Middle Heavy division, as well as placing 2nd in the Absolute division. A few months later, on September 14, 2013, Andre Galvao awarded Keenan his black belt.
Since becoming a black belt, Keenan has won or placed in numerous events, including:
- IBJJF European Open Champion (2018)- Weight Class and Absolute
- IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2015/2014)
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2014)
- IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2018) - Weight Class and Absolute
- IBJJF Pro League Champion (2014)
- FIVE Grappling GP Champion (2013)
- IBJJF American National Champion (2017) - Weight Class and Absolute
- IBJJF/JBJJF Japanese National Champion (2017)
- IBJJF/JBJJF Asian Champion (2017) - Weight Class and Absolute
- IBJJF Boston Summer Open Champion (2017) - Weight Class and Absolute
- IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Champion (2017) - Weight Class and Absolute
- IBJJF Seattle Open Champion (2017) - Weight Class and Absolute
- ADCC 2nd Place (2017)
- ADCC 3rd Place (2013) - Weight Class and Absolute
- IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2018)
- IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2018)
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Craig Jones Biography
Craig Jones was born on July 17, 1991 in Adelaide, South Australia. He began training in his cousin, Matt Jone’s, BJJ academy named ISOHEALTH at the age of 15 in 2006. As a purple belt, he joined the Maromba Academy in Melbourne (later named Absolute MMA). At this gym, under the guidance of Lachlan Giles, Jones earned his brown and black belt.
While Jones won the IBJJF World No Gi Championships in 2015 as a purple belt, he gained BJJ prominence when he has an amazing run in the 2017 ADCC Tournament, where he defeated the number one seeded competitor (at 88kg), Leandro Lo, in the first round by Rear Naked Choke, then flying triangled Murilo Santana in the second round. (Jones lost in the semifinals to Keenan in the next round).
As a black belt, his main achievements include:
- ADCC Asian & Oceania Trials Champion (2014/2016)
- Polaris 185 lbs Champion (2018)
- Polaris 205 lbs Champion (2018)
- SUG 5 Superfight Winner (2017)
- EBI 11 3rd Place (2017)
- Kasai 2 185lbs 3rd Place (2018)