ANDERSON — If nothing else, Arthur Jones is up for a fight.
Most older brothers are confident they can best their younger siblings. But it jumps to another level when the younger brother is UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones.
"Our last fight was probably maybe a year or two ago, but I've never lost a fight," Arthur Jones told local reporters on a conference call Thursday. "I'll give it to him, this is what he does for a living. He's a UFC fighter. He's the world champion. I'm smart enough that I'm going to fight him in a closed area, if it goes down, not in an open space where he can kick and punch. I wasn't a slouch myself, not to toot my own horn, but I was a two-time (high school) wrestling champ. I wasn't too bad, and I can carry my own."
The Indianapolis Colts, hoping to add a bit of that feistiness, signed Jones to a five-year deal reportedly worth $33 million on Tuesday. Three days into the NFL's annual open market, he remains the team's most notable free agent addition.
The 27-year-old carries a strong pedigree. His youngest brother, 23-year-old Chandler, is a defensive end for the New England Patriots. And the three Jones boys have been competing all their lives.
"We broke a lot of furniture growing up, and we're paying our mom back for it now," the Colts' newest defensive lineman said. "Whether it was the last piece of chicken or a cookie, we were fighting over it, for pecking order on the video games. And it just made us who we are now. It built so much character."
Jones spent the past four seasons competing for snaps on the Baltimore Ravens' defensive line, and he reportedly drew interest from nine teams as free agency began. But his decision wasn't difficult.