jon-jones-52.jpgFighting is treating Jon Jones pretty well these days. The tug of Hollywood isn’t as strong for the UFC light heavyweight champ as it’s been for others who’ve come before him.

Jones, though, likes the idea of starting a new career as an entertainer after he hangs up his gloves, and there’s one person he’d like to emulate if he goes into show business.

“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,’” the 24-year-old Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) during an appearance at the UFC’s “World Tour” in Los Angeles. “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).”

A scarce few have been able to transition as successfully from the ring to the screen as the former pro wrestler, but several MMA athletes are giving it their best. Randy Couture, Gina Carano, and most recently, UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey are working in Hollywood in action movies.

As the youngest-ever UFC champ in history, Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) is no stranger to breaking down barriers. If he beats Gustafsson, he will become the most successful light-heavyweight in the promotion’s history. That goal, and securing he and his family’s financial future, keeps him focused on fighting. His bout next month against Alexander Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 165 is one more step on his current road.

The champ, however, is also looking life beyond fighting. At the start of this summer, he made the rounds of Hollywood studios and received some positive feedback about a potential acting career.

“Those meetings went great,” Jones said. “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.”

The ability to morph from a tough guy to dramatic actor might be the toughest skill Jones has to learn if he decides to jump into a new field, but he said he’ll take it as seriously as fight camp.

“I’ll definitely take a lot of classes,” he said.

UFC 165 takes place Sept. 21 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.

For the latest on UFC 165, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Paulo Filho admits use of cocaine during WEC career, says Jon Jones will use it again

  • 25 days ago
  • 217 views

Former PRIDE star and WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho once was one of the best fighters in the world, but never really achieved what his teammates expected him to. For years, training partners read news >>

UFC 189: Conor McGregor walking the road of Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre

  • 21 days ago
  • 14 views

At UFC 189, Conor McGregor takes on Chad Mendes. See what McGregor has in common with all time greats Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre in this UFC 189 fight preview. MMA is still a relatively young s read news >>

UFC Middleweight Costas Philippou Retires from MMA

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

In a somewhat surprising move, UFC middleweight contender Costas Philippou has decided to end his MMA career. Philippou has not personally commented on his decision. However, Sherdog did confirm the read news >>

BJ Penn Hall of Fame induction provides fitting end to storied UFC career

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

The term "warrior" can be overused in mixed martial arts (MMA). As Josh Barnett stated in an interview with HOV MMA, there are more athletes than fighters now. They attempt to choose their opponents read news >>

Chael Sonnen shoots down rumors of a comeback, reflects on career

  • 24 days ago
  • 22 views

Could the "American Gangster," Chael Sonnen, return to the cage for a comeback fight? While it's an idea that would certainly draw major interest, and it's one that's already been floated by Mike Rob read news >>

Jon Jones back to training, had to clean the mats on the first day

  • 25 days ago
  • 509 views

Jon Jones' teammate Igor Araujo says the former UFC champion is training every day again. Two months ago, the UFC has stripped their light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones of his title. Since then, arg read news >>

Training partner: Jon Jones back to training and acting 'positive'

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

The biggest fight of Jon Jones' life may still be ahead, but there are glimpses and signs that the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion is taking it in stride. Two weeks ago a photograph appeared on read news >>

Teammate: Jon Jones ‘being positive’, back to training in Albuquerque

  • 26 days ago
  • 230 views

Jon Jones’ hit-and-run case might be taken to a grand jury, but the former UFC light heavyweight champion is "being positive" about the entire situation. The UFC star, who got stripped of the title a read news >>

B.J. Penn says his greatest career moment didn't come in MMA

  • 26 days ago
  • 355 views

B.J. Penn is one of just two men to win UFC titles in two different weight classes. He has the most wins in UFC lightweight history and owns victories over some of the biggest names to ever step into read news >>

UFC champ Ronda Rousey and Mark Wahlberg set to co-star in 'Mile 22'

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Ronda Rousey’s film career appears set to continue with “Mile 22,” a film starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”Filed under: News, UFC read news >>