The Top Ten Jon Jones Eye Pokes in UFC History

The Top Ten Jon Jones Eye Pokes in UFC History

Let me make this abundantly clear, there isn't a single person in the UFC that can stop Jon Jones in any weight division, and it's not because of his eye pokes. Jon Jones is a very visceral fighter and regardless of if his opponents put eight weeks of diligent training in, Bones already won. In fact he won when his opponent signed the UFC contract and saw the name 'Jonathan Dwight Jones' on the front page. Much like how Fedor dominated the Pride FC heavyweight division, mostly for his supreme fighting prowess, but in some part the aura he exuded before stepping in the ring hampered the game plan on every opponent he faced in Pride FC. The same can be applied to Jon Jones.

It goes without saying that his freakish physique and 84.5" reach also contributes to his iron reign of the light heavyweight division (and realistically any other division he chooses to step into). Although Alexander Gustafsson did come close in his first encounter with the champion, I can't imagine a scenario in which he beats him in the rematch which is rumored to go down in Sweden some time this year. As far as Daniel Cormier, Jones is entirely too smart to let him close the distance. If Glover had 25 minutes to land his hardest punch on Jones (a guy that John Hackleman said hit harder than Chuck Liddell) and was still systematically ripped apart by Jones, Cormier will have a damn near impossible time striking or even taking down the champion.

Jon Jones is a supreme human being, but the friggin' dude simply can't stop poking people in the eyes.

It's an attribute of his fight game that most MMA fans criticize him over, so we thought it would be appropriate to make a list of The Top Ten Jon Jones Eye Pokes in UFC History. Big thanks to all the respective .gif makers that made this happen.

10.) Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua - UFC 128

Ah, March 19th 2011, the night Jon Jones became the youngest UFC light heavyweight champion, and the night when everyone made snarky comments about Pride FC dying. Damn all your jokes, Pride FC never dies -- it's a persistent state of mind. However check out this series of eye pokes from the contender in the second round.


9.) Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson - UFC 135

I remember everyone in the media giving Rampage a 'puncher's chance' in Jon Jones' first title defense, but not much more. Rampage Jackson is only one of five fighters to ever take Jon Jones past the 3rd round, which in a perfect world has to count for something. Check out these deadly fingers Jones placed in Rampage's face as he was loading up to strike him in the 3rd round.

8.) Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida - UFC 128

After those first five minutes at UFC 128, it was unanimous that Jon Jones lost his first round in his short MMA career. It was stunning, and probably made a lot of Las Vegas bookies sweat in their smoke-filled rooms filled with money. Check out this eye poke from the champion from that first round.


7.) Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - UFC 165

Our first .gif from the Alexander Gustafsson fight, and my god what a great fight that was. Aside from Lyoto, Alexander was the first guy to really give Jon Jones legit trouble during a bout. People thought he was the one to dethrone the champion, but after twenty-five grueling minutes, he (along with Jones) was just another disfigured victim to the belt. Check out this eye poke that happened earlier on at UFC 165.


6.) Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans - UFC 145

I remember Bobby Razak and I in the lobby of a hotel in London streaming this fight on the internet. Streaming from, obviously. We don't advocate piracy on MiddleEasy. We also don't advocate these eye pokes Jon Jones pulled off against Rashad Evans in the third round.


5.) Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - UFC 163

The old finger in the eye approach, when it comes to Gustafsson. It's as if Jon Jones wants to make his fingers socialites and introduce him to a party on Alexander Gustafsson's orbitals. Even Big John McCarthy seems to take note of the eye pokes, but for only a brief moment.


4.) Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua - UFC 128

Not only did Jon Jones have top control in the first round of the main event at UFC 128, but he also wanted to show Shogun just how amazing the inside of his palm looks when viewed from a mat. Jon Jones' right thumb seems as if its prying open Rua's eye lid.


3.) Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - UFC 163

Our third and final .gif from Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 163, which should tell all of you something about how difficult this bout truly was for the champion. It seems like Jones wants to keep his distance, but the threat of an eye poke is difficult to overcome, even for the most seasoned challenger. You can even see Alexander wipe his eye and Big John running in there to give Jones a warning.


2.) Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson - UFC 135

Even Rampage thinks the extended fingers and eye pokes are rather ridiculous. Oh, look at that, a Josh Rosenthal sighting. We should collectively form some petition to get that dude out of jail -- so he can let these eye pokes slide, like this one from Jon Jones at UFC 135.


1.) Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira - UFC 172

So you remember that time when Jones shoved his fingers so deep into Teixeira's face that his pinky basically went inside his skull. Seriously, take a look at that .gif again -- you can almost pin point the moment when Jones' pink disappears into Glover's head. Wow, just wow.

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+8 # Puck 2014-04-30 17:00
+58 # fedorssweater 2014-04-30 17:01
Obvious ly, we know who his mentor is.

+39 # Extreme_one 2014-04-30 17:06
I think we should get all the refs from these matches + Jones himself and poke them all in the eye with a stick
+16 # bonghitbeast 2014-04-30 17:39
+19 # Judo Mike 2014-04-30 19:41
Hopefully from now on the refs will be all over this. It's an obvious pattern. Odd how you don't see any other fighters this consistently dirty.

And still... Bush league.
+7 # Judo Mike 2014-05-01 06:08
Jon "Finger-bones" Jones.

Jon "Phallanges" Jones. I like it.

There was Basketball Jones now we have
Phallanges Jones.
+5 # Judo Mike 2014-05-01 06:11
It seemed to work with "Cup Check" Kongo.
0 # monechiwah11 2014-05-02 16:34
-8 # derp 2014-04-30 20:06
close your cotton-pickin' fingers, [censored].
+8 # Judo Mike 2014-05-01 09:28
Quoting derp:
close your cotton-pickin' fingers, [censored].

Racism will only perpetuate disrespectful, underhanded conflicts.
-7 # Judo Mike is Gay 2014-05-07 20:28
Judo Mike shut up [censored].
0 # tonyfamilia 2014-05-01 13:23
Ha, a racist MMA fan. You may wanna switch over to Nascar or hockey 'cause MMA is only gonna get blacker.
-3 # lol 2014-05-13 07:10
lol at people like this desperatly clinging on to the nuts any succesful black just because they are black.

Btw, black people are getting lighter not the other way around, you know the one drop rule?
-28 # Chuck Liddel 2014-04-30 21:21
Haha. Half of these aren't even eye pokes. People will say ANYTHING to discredit the LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!
+2 # Think First 2014-05-21 22:19
So you're saying half of them ARE eye pokes?
+20 # MB 2014-04-30 21:36
Bout time someone writes about this. Dude is a cheat. You can do heavy damage with an eye poke. Dana White wont keep his big mouth shut about anything but don't say shit about this.
+8 # manu 2014-04-30 23:37
let poke dana white for this and :) Light Heavyweight Eye Poking Champion of The World Mr Jon jones ;)
+6 # Kalifighter 2014-05-01 00:03
Someone should punch or grab his fingers and bend them back. That would be funny.
+6 # Bishop 2014-05-01 00:05
Funny how Liddell has been talking about fighting Jones. Liddell was an eye poking machine himself. If they were to ever fight, someone is going to lose via eye poke...won't be the first time: Burns/Rumble 1
+1 # AFrontKicktotheFace 2014-05-01 03:06
This ^ .. Chuck was no better in this regard. Real turd move.
+15 # jt33 2014-05-01 00:08
shit like this is why jon jones will never be the best ever.. anderson and fedor both won without resorting to dirty tactics.
0 # lol 2014-05-13 07:09
Fedor yes, Anderson no.
-2 # lol 2014-08-01 10:23
lol silva is the 2nd dirtiest fighter in the ufc behind jones
+1 # Ghost Faced Monkey 2014-05-01 01:36
Dishonorable JOnes! he rely not only the reach but discreet foul tactics were among'st his courage!
-15 # hulkamania 2014-05-01 03:37
It's called mixed martial arts for a reason. If you want a gentleman's game go play golf. Fighters make use of their advantages. He has a long reach so he gets in your face
+13 # DanaBlack 2014-05-01 04:29
If that's the case, let's return to the head-butting and fish-hooking? What's up with your "martial arts" thing? Why not allow nut-shots, while we're at it?
0 # hulkamania 2014-05-01 05:21
Now we're talking. I would love to land a couple nut punches
+8 # catshittacos 2014-05-01 05:54
i would switch kick him in the balls as much as he tries to eye poke-
-3 # hulkamania 2014-05-01 06:45
Who needs nuts anyway :-)
0 # Fuck Hulk 2014-05-07 20:32
I will chop off your nuts with some scissors. see how u feel..
+9 # Topdog 2014-05-01 07:20
Damn! The Rampage poke was as blatant as they come. I didn't remember it at first but now how could I forget it. Gus and his corner better be on the ref about these pokes prior to the bout similar to how boxing does.
+7 # Rippie74 2014-05-01 07:23
Looks like his range finder, aka eye poke technique is a set up for his trick moves (spinning elbows etc) What a bitch play it is to be the champion & have to resort to that crap.
-23 # OMG, the Whales! 2014-05-01 08:01
Is this MIXED MARTIAL ARTS or super limited restricted pankration (i.e., boxing or wrestling)?

Bunch of liberal progressive idiots! "OMG, Jones is utilizing a great set up, it's borderline illegal, let's ban it anyway!"

Yeah, let's turn MMA into boxing or wrestling because the nannies and sissies of the US find fault in it!

Please God, help the Japanese take over MMA again before the trolls turn the UFC into Tai Chi.
-4 # OGTs 2014-05-01 11:33
stfu..... rules thats it...bola de pendejos k maman al pinche mayate vale pito
+10 # DH 2014-05-01 11:43
eyepokes are not "borderline illegal" They are straight up illegal, you half wit
-12 # OMG, Global Warming! 2014-05-02 07:22
No dumbass, I'm talking about his set-up--the placing of his hand on his opponents face!!!

Jones is NOT intentionally poking people in the eyes. He's trying to set up his punches and trying to annoy his opponent. If you think he's intentionally poking you're an idiot and you don't know shit about this sport!!!!
+6 # daddy yankee 2014-05-01 08:03
Now, I dont condone cheating.... but.... maybe its time the defense to some of these eye pokes early is a flop, like a hand on the face all out "I got finger blasted in the eye" just once, get the warning real.
+8 # mookiestick 2014-05-01 08:37
Goddam that mutherfucker's a dirty fighter...
-11 # Thulsadoom 2014-05-01 09:33

And Jones' 2 cents about all of you...
+15 # DH 2014-05-01 11:44
which he then promptly removed from his page knowing that it makes it clear to the world he intentionally cheats
+10 # lsmithhart 2014-05-01 10:32
Was a big fan... but he lost to Gus and I have seen too many of those cheap finger pokes. I hope he gets his ass crushed soon. Just a cheap shot artist and needs a lesson.
-1 # jjoe quirz 2014-05-01 10:51
:cry: you son of a bitch. :see it carefully to believe it
+11 # nfffku 2014-05-01 11:36
They should make it illegal to put an extended open palm on your opponents face in the standing position. If you want to use your arm for defense/range finding you should have to use a closed fist if you want to actually put it on your opponents face.

Anything that encourages the end of a fight based on things like "eye pokes" should be made illegal:

No open palm touching of faces;

no open palm swatting;

no open palm extending of hand towards your opponents face.

If you want to touch your opponent with an open palm anywhere around the neck, shoulders, arms, abdomen, or upper body that's fine (this should also include the top and back of head for thai plums). But you can't touch the face with an open palm. The risk of eye pokes is just too great.

Just throw it out. Just say, "you can't do it anymore, period." And if you do it, one warning and then you start losing points.

If the ref sees you even stick your hand out towards your opponents face with an open palm that should garner a warning. No reaching or swatting at opponents with an open palm.
0 # BOB2k 2014-05-27 04:20
+1 # blair 2014-05-01 12:16
And STILL the light heavyweight eye poke champion of the world, Jon BONES Jones!
+8 # Normando 2014-05-01 12:35
All the fighter has to do keep his fist closed. I gave my opinion about this before...JUST TAKE ONE POINT AWAY FROM THE FIGHTER WHO DOES IT. ON PURPOSE OF NOT
+1 # DopeMoney 2014-05-14 13:37
-2 # scottsolot 2014-05-01 14:37
The Brazilians will kick you in the nuts in the first round . And Jon Jones will eye poke you all day long. Interesting use of the rules and of warning a fighter....
-5 # hulkamania 2014-05-01 15:40
It's a brilliant move for the bull dogs that just want to blindly rush you for a takedown. They now have to think about running into some fingers. Great strategy!
-7 # Thulsadoom 2014-05-01 16:00

+4 # DraginDon 2014-05-01 18:05
Whats good for the champ is good for the challenger
-2 # Seriously? 2014-05-01 21:44
All but maybe 2 or 3 of those looked like push offs not eye pokes. Talk about perpetuating fiction.
0 # yeah 2014-05-02 06:33
most of these are paws
-4 # Mikehunt2000 2014-05-02 06:37
'I remember Bobby Razak and I in the lobby of a hotel in London streaming this fight on the internet. Streaming from, obviously.'

Nice try there champ. Back in those days the rights to all UFC events in the UK were owned by ESPN. Why does that make your story BS? Because that means streaming was blocked from You are as much a pirate as the people you are pretending to be better than.
0 # Thulsadoom 2014-05-02 17:50 Reply
0 # dipninja 2014-05-14 09:46
Props to Gus for working around that the whole fight.

BTW last 2 Jones/Gus eye pokes say UFC 163 & first says UFC 165.
0 # Random dood 2014-05-15 18:56
Clearly stated no eye pokes, jus like pro wrestling if the ref turns the other side, ur allowed to do wah ever ur hearts continent :D so guess jones is playing by the rule still
+2 # Jones the Cheater 2014-06-02 12:00
Honestly, putting fingers in cavities, what a coward. I really hope Alex shoves a thumb up his arse next time, a finger poke for a finger poke. As per your religion Bones!
0 # eye poking champ 2014-06-11 16:45
fuck jon jones that's all I can say dirty cheating fuck paper champion that's all he completely utterly and totally unimpressed by every fight hes had .pathetic excuse for a champion

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