Jon Jones: 'I'd Like to Model My Acting Career on Dwayne Johnson'

John HeinisSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2013

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones looks like he has plenty of quality fights left in him with an 18-1 professional record at 26 years old, but that doesn't mean he hasn't considered what he'd like to do after he calls it a career. 

In an interview with MMA Junkie, "Bones" said he'd like to pursue an acting career following the path of professional wrestler-turned-actor 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. "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)."

An avid UFC fan and friend of company president Dana White, Johnson had his first mainstream role in The Mummy Returns back in 2001, starring in a couple dozen films since then. 

Additionally, "The People's Champion" will be acting alongside UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in next year's Fast and Furious 7

For the time being, the fight game is treating the New York native just fine, with Jones being the winner of nine straight bouts, notching eight finishes during that span. 

He is currently tied with Tito Ortiz for the most consecutive successful UFC light heavyweight title defenses (five), with the opportunity to break the record at UFC 165 when he defends his belt against Alexander Gustafsson. 

Furthermore, according to the UFC's official rankings, Jones is ranked as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. 

Could Jones be the next big thing on the silver screen by the year 2023, or is he a guy who is best suited to be viewed inside the Octagon?


John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for