(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.