Former UFC Lightweight Champion Jon Jones is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Jessie Moses.
Jones said they have a “phenomenal relationship” in a 2015 Deadspin profile:
We’re happy, man. We’re happy. We’re functional. We make a great team. She’s a phenomenal mother, caretaker. I’m a phenomenal provider, father. Team Jones.
Jones, 27, is the UFC’s best pound-for-pound fighter and youngest ever champion. He was set to defend his title against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in Las Vegas on May 23, 2015, but that match be in jeopardy. Jones is wanted for questioning by the Albuquerque, New Mexico police in connection with a hit-and-run crash that happened April 26. A pregnant woman in her 20s was injured in the crash.
Jones eventually turned himself in on a felony charge, had his title stripped by the UFC and was suspended indefinitely, according to Fox Sports.
Here’s what you need to know about Moses:
1. Jones Proposed to Moses in 2013
After dating for several years, Jones proposed to Moses in 2013, posting photos of their engagement on his Twitter account.
They have been engaged for more than two years, but a date for the wedding hasn’t been announced. Jones splits his time between Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he trains, and Ithaca, New York, where Moses and his three daughters live.
2. She Is the Mother of His 3 Children
Moses, who is also 27, and Jones have three daughters together: Leah, born in 2008; Carmen, born in 2009; and Olivia Haven, born in 2013.
Their daughter Carmen is named after Jon’s sister, who died of brain cancer when she was young.
He told MMA Hot Stuff in 2010 that it’s tough being away from his daughters.
“With the girls being such a young age, not seeing them for even two weeks I miss out on a lot,” Jones said. “They change so much in that short amount of time. We Skype every day. I make funny videos for them to see daddy.”
Jones talked about his family in 2009:
3. Moses & Jones Met When They Were in High School
Moses and Jones began dating when they were at Endicott High School, near Binghamton, New York, according to Newsday.
Jones left Endicott to attend Iowa Central Community College, but the two continued to date, according to Deadspin, and Moses became pregnant with their first child while he was in school.
He began his MMA career in April 2008, months before Moses was expecting to give birth to Leah, partly because they were in need of money, according to Deadspin. He had won four fights by the time his first daughter was born.
4. Jones Credits Moses’ Mother With Teaching Him to Focus
Jones told Newsday in 2014 that it was Moses’ mother, Sheila Ryan, who helped shape the mindset that has led to much of his UFC success. He said:
She was the first person that really taught me how to believe more and be confident and focus on your mind and your thoughts, positivity, goal-setting and things like that. She really taught me things about meditation and visualization and thinking great and thinking big.
My life was changed. I went from this kid who had all these insecurities to this kid who really thought he was gonna be great some day.
Jones also gives credit to Moses for helping him in his career. He told MMA Hot Stuff in 2010:
This sport can turn you into somewhat of a celebrity. Leaving my parents’ home and going into this sport, could really confuse a young fighter. But being with Jessie it keeps things in check for me. It doesn’t get to my head, and I live the life of an older man. It keeps me in the house and grounded. Jessie is definitely a huge percentage of my success.
5. She Attended Broome Community College in New York
In 2009, Moses graduated from Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York.
She lists her job as “Full Time Mommy! :-)” on her Facebook page.
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