(Bones, Chubs and Harmony.)
Newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will take his belt and his amazing story of catching a thief hours before his UFC 128 bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to the NBC studios Thursday night when he appears on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
Jones will be the second guest of the evening after Kirstie Alley if he makes it out of the green room alive without being eaten by the failed Jenny Craig spokesperson and chronic yo-yo dieter. If he does, he will become the first MMA fighter to “officially” appear on the late night talk show. An interview Jacob Volkmann did with Ariel Helwani in which the UFC lightweight criticized President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform policy was spoofed by The Tonight Show in January.
What likely tipped the scales in Jones’ favor prompting an invitation for him to be on Thursday’s episode likely wasn’t the dominating performance he had against Rua, but rather the fact that he chased down a thief who had grabbed an elderly couple’s GPS unit and held the perp until the police responded mere hours before his championship tilt with the former PRIDE star.
According to UFC president Dana White, what amazed him is that the 23-year-old phenom actually gave the would-be-robber advice, telling him that he should “choose a different path” and chastising him for stealing because “people work hard for their money.”
Peter, Bjorn and John are the musical guests for Thursday night’s show.