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In Your Face, Jones: Brock Goes on Jimmy Fallon

(He never would’ve agreed to this if he knew it required putting on a shirt. Pic: Headblitz.com)

Just a programming reminder: New UFC light heavyweight champion and recently appointed king shit of fuck mountain Jon Jones will appear on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno this evening. It should be a good opportunity for the UFC to finally introduce Jones to the coveted grandparents demographic while simultaneously drawing a few eyeballs under the age of 60 to Leno’s show. In other words, a real mutual back-scratching situation if there ever was one. We can’t wait to get a long, rambling voicemail from our grandma on Friday morning explaining that “that black fellow who fights UFC really did seem like a nice young man.” God, our grandma is such a racist.

Not to be outdone – and, ahem, speaking of racists. Ha! Just joking, big fella … – Brock Lesnar will emerge from the sensory deprivation chamber that was filming the new season of “The Ultimate Fighter” to go on “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, according to UFC.com. So that should be awkward. Plucky little Jimmy Fallon wearing one of his “Mad Men” suits and just trying to coast through the interview portion of the show to get to the prerecorded skits, while enormous (and whatever the opposite of “plucky”is) Brock Lesnar sits there in one of his stone-washed “DeathClutch” dress shirts grunting monosyllabic answers. Meanwhile, Dana White huddles at home with his eyes pinched shut mumbling, “Don’t say faggot on national TV, don’t say faggot on national TV” over and over.

Other guests on Fallon’s show that night? The dude who played Ross on “Friends” and funk legends Vanilla Fudge (Carmine Appice FTW!). Some other weird things we noticed after the jump …

First, is it too much to read into this situation that the UFC had the opportunity to put two of its highest profile fighters on NBC’s late night lineup and it chose to give Jones the better timeslot, while relegating Lesnar to a show we’re all surprised is still on the air? And does that mean Zuffa now considers Jones somehow “bigger” than Brock? Maybe. But objectively speaking, you’re probably going to get a better talk show performance out of Jones (plus there’s the “faggot factor” we mentioned above) so this is probably the right move.

Lesnar after all will have to pretend to be interested in the things Jimmy Fallon is saying while he pretends to be excited about that upcoming season of “TUF” where he pretends to be a coach. Jones on the other hand, will actually be interested and interesting, so giving him the pole position was likely a no-brainer.

Second, obviously both “Tonight” and “Late Night” are NBC shows and NBC recently got bought by Comcast, which also owns Versus, which shows UFC programming on the regular. So can we take these rapid-fire appearances by both Jones and Lesnar on flagship NBC programming as signs that the network may be coming around to the idea of all this UFC stuff? That the old fuddy-duddies who run television are finally realizing that the UFC could help boost ratings and draw in those younger folks who buy so much soda and beer and Ford trucks? Probably not, but it’s nice to think that way.

Check your local listings if you’re interested in watching.

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BIGHAL- March 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm
i am a huge fan of jon bones jones but i did not think to much of him on the jay leno tonight. i love this kids style when he steps in the cage, but i am really not thinking to highly of him outside of the cage. he was pretty somewhat struck on himself on leno. at least i kind of think so.
AgentoftheBat- March 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm
I dread reading any article that remotely has anything to do with Brock being in it. Not because of him, but because I know I'll be forced to read the same old tired "COCK SWORD, DICK TATTOO and COCK CHESTNER" lines over and over again.
I wouldn't watch Leno if the entire roster of the UFC was going to be on it. He's a piece of garbage.
Conan for life.
O Chan- March 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm
@TheFanciness - Technically, it's not ABC that owns ESPN, it's Disney that owns both ABC and ESPN. This is one of the reasons why you don't see much MMA on ESPN. Yes, they are slowly warming up to it, but with getting a 1am show that (maybe) airs once a week really doesn't do much justice to the sport. Bottomline is Disney is more family friendly focused (which makes a lot of sense considering this is the same company that owned Miramax that released movies like "Kids", but I digress), and in their eyes MMA does not equal good family values.
TheFanciness- March 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm
I see where you're going with the NBC line of reasoning but... Viacom owns both Spike and MTV which airs UFC programming, Bully Beatdown, and Bellator. CBS owns Showtime, both of which air Strikeforce events (which is now a Zuffa product). ABC owns ESPN which actually covers the UFC from time to time (albeit not regularly). So the fact that both interviews are on NBC back to back may say something, but every network wants a piece of the lucrative 18-34 year old male demo. And the reason Jones is on Leno rather than Brock is probably because Jones news (winning the belt and apprehending ne'er do wells) is more time relevant and bigger than what Brock has going on. This is not necessarily about who is the bigger star or who the UFC is pushing more. But yes, I'm sure the UFC is chomping at the bit to cultivate Jones into another star on par with GSP & Brock. Interesting seeing UFC stars back to back on mainstream outlets nonetheless.
joe sons balls- March 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm
'funk legends' vanilla fudge? wtf? were they from the same era as 'motown aces' black sabbath?
GILL-uh-TEEN- March 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm
we're just going to hear Jones say stupid stuff like 'Rashad isn't in my being. He's no part of who I am.'
Goog- March 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm
@Smitty

Unlike the majority here, I don't mind Lesnar. He's had some brain farts, for sure, but nothing unforgivable. Win or lose, he entertains me. That's all. And at least he's real and speaks his mind. So far, all I see in Jones is a talented kid who'll say anything that's convenient at the moment. If he outgrows that and can still be humble when he loses I'll give him credit for it. Right now, he's both selling and buying too much of his own hype for my taste.
Hesh to Steel- March 24, 2011 at 11:55 am
This article was fairly funny even if it was factually inaccurate. Brock knows the game well enough to conduct himself properly. Besides, Leno probably wanted Jones because of the cute story about he nd his life coaches catching the robber before his title fight. Leno has more pull so he gets the more interesting story. I highly doubt that leno and fallon both said "we want UFC fighters to interview" and dana decided who goes where.
logdog52- March 24, 2011 at 11:47 am
Hey cp! Don't know if you've seen this yet but I was on mmafighting.com and watched their tuf 14 try out video and say non other than Jeff "karma" Watts! So he made it there at least!
Koeikan- March 24, 2011 at 11:44 am
You saved your best (point) for last. I didn't think about the possible motivations behind both their bookings.
Dana_Plight- March 24, 2011 at 11:43 am
Brock may be well spoken, but let's remember, that doesn't make him intelligent. I may be superficially judging him, but accumulative brain damage (CTE) from professional football, wrestling, and MMA (I know MMA may be safer than the former two, but any blow to the head isn't good), as well as that cock-sword tattoo, may present a little evidence.
Uppercut Magnet- March 24, 2011 at 11:41 am
"...And that's how I lost all that weight for TUF!"
Smitty- March 24, 2011 at 11:39 am
I guess we can tell who's the Brock Lesnar fan, and the Jon Jones hater here.
glassjawsh- March 24, 2011 at 11:37 am
nice to see you remembered how to be funny, i'd assumed the humor had left with old dad
Fried Taco- March 24, 2011 at 11:33 am
Carmine Appice is to Neil Peart as Shogun is to Jon Jones.
Lopes- March 24, 2011 at 11:17 am
They should've booked Brock on George Lopez, I would've watched that.
Sloppyspray- March 24, 2011 at 11:09 am
"Insert Here"
shitbag- March 24, 2011 at 11:08 am
I ain't watching shit.
Goog- March 24, 2011 at 10:49 am
First of all, that's being too rough on Brock. This guy has been in the spotlight for over a decade and while he's had his slips, he's not retarded or oaf-ish. He's actually well spoken. There's a big difference between what he'd say to a guy in a folding chair under a lamp in the corner of the gym and on a national television show. He knows the difference and to say he's just as likely to say "faggot" on the Tonight show is reaching.

And honestly, putting Brock on the Tonight Show would be similar to having Howard Stern.... you'd get more people tuning in just to see what he says. And if he wore a sport coat, laughed and represented well, I think it'd be more effective than Boner Jones. Just my opinion. Jones won't turn anyone on, he'll just be a forgettable "Eh, good for him" story.
PortugueseBreakfast- March 24, 2011 at 10:44 am
what the fuck is a leno or fallon???
Uppercut Magnet- March 24, 2011 at 10:43 am
Speaking of racists, "HEY DARKY, I BET YOUR DICK ISN'T BIG ENOUGH TO FILL THIS MOUTH!!"
Morningwood- March 24, 2011 at 10:43 am
The new name of late nite will be, Nitro!
ReX13- March 24, 2011 at 10:42 am
"Meanwhile, Dana White huddles at home with his eyes pinched shut mumbling, “Don’t say faggot on national TV, don’t say faggot on national TV” over and over."

fuckingrolfcopter
LOKI- March 24, 2011 at 10:41 am
"So he broke Shogun's soul and got booked on Leno...WHOOK EARS?!!"
Morningwood- March 24, 2011 at 10:40 am
can they get no one Conan? who even watches leno or fallon?
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