A highly respected fighter and coach, Ben Jones talks about leaving Football to pursue MMA and grappling, the fine points of Combat Submission Wrestling, conditioning and applying aggression intelligently in competition. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • His origins
  • “Accidentally” finding Erik Paulson
  • Transitioning from football to MMA/Grappling
  • How martial arts fills the competitive void for former athletes
  • The appeal of individual responsibility in combat sports
  • How the football mentality helped him in martial arts
  • The benefits of grappling cross training for defensive football players
  • How other sports can help martial artists
  • Gymnastics
  • How the mentality of football hurt him in martial arts
  • Applying aggression intelligently in competition
  • How he got his nickname
  • The decision to pursue MMA
  • His favorite thing about MMA
  • Managing nerves before a fight
  • Dealing with promoters
  • Training with Josh Barnett
  • Erik Paulson as a teacher
  • The combination of Combat Submission Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Developing mat skills
  • Developing take downs
  • Sparring from the feet
  • MMA judges
  • His favorite submission
  • His DVD’s
  • Strength and Conditioning for grappling
  • Dealing with injuries
  • His aspirations for the future