Who is Jon Jones’ father and why did he discourage ‘Bones’ from becoming a fighter?
Jon Jones was born July 19, 1987 in Rochester, New York, to Arthur and Camille Jones.
Jon Jones’ father, Arthur Jones, was a pastor at Mount Sinai Church of God in Christ in Binghamton, New York. If Arthur had been successful, “Bones” wouldn’t have been the youngest UFC champion and one of the sport’s GOATs he is today.
Arthur Jones did not want his son to practice mixed martial arts. Rather, he wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become a pastor.
A 2012 The Christian Post report says Arthur even tried to discourage Jon Jones from becoming a fighter.
“I wanted him to preach. I tried to discourage him from being a fighter. I told him you didn’t want to do this. You can do something else. Be a pastor,” said Arthur Jones.
“In biblical times there were always wars: David and Goliath, Sampson, the enemies of the Israelites. They fought in the valleys, on the hills, in the mountains. My son trains for every fight, not just physically but spiritually. “
Another report from FOX Sports had Arthur explaining how Jon Jones had a “dominant presence” since birth, which is now reflected in the dominance he shows inside the Octagon.
“He was born like that. Even when he was a baby. He didn’t have to say ‘come get me.’ You knew that. Even when he cried, he looked you in the eye. Even then, he just had one. dominant presence. “
Jon Jones’ dad now believes he preaches through his struggles, so in a way, what he wanted his son to become in life has also come true.
Jon Jones is a pious Christian
Although Jon Jones did not follow his father into the pastoral world, he was always a staunch believer in the Christian faith. He often quotes the Bible on social media and has a Bible related tattoo on his right chest.
On his right shoulder and pecs, the word “Phillippians 4:13” is in dark black ink, which is always visible whenever he is shirtless in training, at weigh-in, or inside. the octagon.
The tattoo refers to the thirteenth line of the fourth verse of the Book of Philippians in the Bible.
The verse reads as follows:
“I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”
Jon Jones got a tattoo in memory of his sister Carmen who died in 2000 from brain cancer. The verse would have been Carmen’s favorite in the holy book.