For the second straight week, a UFC fighter got a spot on NBC's late-night schedule, and for the second straight week it was a good PR moment for the UFC, which got to show off an engaging, likable fighter to an audience consisting largely of people who don't buy UFC pay-per-views.
Words like "engaging" and "likable" haven't often been used to describe Brock Lesnar
, but that's how he came across on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
, where he talked up The Ultimate Fighter
and his June fight with Junior dos Santos. Then Lesnar gave Fallon a one-on-one MMA lesson.
Fallon asked Lesnar, "Could you teach me a move?" Lesnar obliged.
"In the fight world, a basic advantage you can get on your opponent is to take your opponent's back," Lesnar said. "So I'll teach you a version of the rear-naked choke."
Fallon seemed to find the term "rear-naked choke" funny, and Lesnar didn't have much time to really demonstrate anything, but Lesnar did show that he's a natural entertainer, and he read the promo for the next act effortlessly while clutching Fallon's neck.
Overall, the appearance wasn't quite as big a deal for the UFC as Jon Jones on The Tonight Show
, but it was still a good piece of promotion for the UFC.