Jonathan “Jon” Jones was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Endicott, New York.
Jones is a devout Christian. His father is a Pentecostal pastor in Endicott to this day so, naturally, the Christian faith was central in Jones’ upbringing.
Jones expresses his faith in various ways, though he’s not the kind of MMA fighter to go into a bout saying he’s going to kick some ass for Jesus or anything. Still, he has "Philippians 4:13″ tattooed on his chest, which, if you’re looking at the King James version, reads:
I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.
Furthermore, his Twitter account is littered with references to God and Jesus. In fact, his main Twitter description reads:
Youngest world Champion in UFC history, Fighting toward Greatness, Glorifying Christ, Breaking down walls, Living amazed, Will YOU be a witness?
And just to give you a taste, here are a couple of choice tweets:
Today the pastor talked about not just being a fan of Christ but being a true follower. The message hit home
…I intend to always have God as the center of my life.
Clearly, he’s very religious.
Jones appears to be a pretty big fan of Obama. Here’s a photo of Jones positively beaming next to a wax rendition of the president. Plus, his Twitter has a couple of Obama-related tweets. For example:
Behind-the-scenes video: President Obama calls to congratulate @Ravens Coach John Harbaugh on their #Superbowl victory
But that’s about it. Jones doesn’t seem to get into or support any specific Obama policies or positions. In fact, when it comes to at least one issue, Jones might take issue with the president’s ideals. Jones tweeted:
Just can’t handle these New York State gun laws anymore
According to Wikipedia, New York has some of the strictest gun restrictions in the U.S., and obviously Jones isn’t happy about that.
He also mentioned hitting up a shooting range in Las Vegas on his Twitter. My guess is he leans right on this particular debate. And if that’s all we have to go on (which it is), Jones looks conservative.
If you dispute that, please weigh-in.