New Colts defensive end Arthur Jones would like to send a message to opposing offensive linemen: You wouldn’t want to start a fight with him.
At his introductory press conference in Indianapolis, Jones claimed that he can beat up his little brother. And for those of you who are thinking, “I can beat up my little brother, too,” remember that Jones’s little brother is Jon Jones, the light heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“On record, and you can tell him that, too, I’ll whoop his butt, and it’s no secret,” Jones said. “If you look at articles out there, he’ll tell you, me being the older brother, I’ve never lost a fight to him. Our last fight was probably maybe a year or two ago, but I’ve never lost a fight.”
Arthur Jones did acknowledge, however, that the rules for going one-on-one in the living room aren’t quite the same as the fighting style in the Octagon.
“I’ll give it to him, this is what he does for a living. He’s a UFC fighter, he’s the world champion,” Jones said. “I’m smart enough that I’m going to fight him in a closed area, if it goes down, not in an open space where he can kick and punch. I wasn’t a slouch, myself, not to toot my own horn, but I was a two-time wrestling champ. I wasn’t too bad and I can carry my own.”
The youngest of the three Jones boys is Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, and Arthur said the three of them all benefited from having each other around.
“Man, constant competition growing up in my household,” he said. “We were all wrestlers so we would compete over everything. If the lights were going to be on or off, we were tearing up the house. We broke a lot of furniture growing up and we’re paying our mom back for it now. Whether it was the last piece of chicken or a cookie, we were fighting over it. For pecking order on the video games and it just made us who we are now. It built so much character.”
The 315-pound Arthur also acknowledged that he’d never make the 205-pound weight class his brother fights in, without an amputation.
“I’d probably have to cut off my left leg and maybe an arm,” Arthur said.
If he did that, the little brother would probably win the fight.