Brock Lesnar Promotes New Book on Jimmy Fallon: More UFC Mainstream Acceptance?

Leon HorneAnalyst IMarch 29, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  MMA fighter Brock Lesnar(C)  speaks with Kevin Harvick(R), driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Brock Lesnar is coaching opposite Brazilian mixed martial artist Junior Dos Santos on the 13th season of the reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. The two competitors will meet after the show's season finale at UFC 131 in Vancouver on June 11.

In addition to the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos, Lesnar has also wrapped up his new book, an autobiography titled Death Clutch.

On the promotional tour now for the show and the book, Lesnar made an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Lesnar described the book in joking fashion as a "romance" about his life and went on to summarizing his life story from being a South Dakota farm boy to NCAA Division I champion, from WWE wrestler to NFL tryouts and, finally, UFC fighter.

Lesnar didn't go into too much detail about the show, but explained the basic premise to Fallon and the audience: that there are 14 men living under one roof with no contact to the outside world competing for a UFC contract. Lesnar admits to not having seen what went on in the house and is looking forward to watching the show to find out.

Nerves must have got to Lesnar because he announced the date of his fight against Dos Santos as being June 3 as opposed to the June 11 date.

Finally, towards the end of his appearance, Fallon asked Lesnar to show him a combat move. The move Lesnar chose to demonstrate was the hand clasp variation of the rear naked choke. The fans chuckled at the name of the choke, and Lesnar went on to say that the fact that the move is done from behind makes the name even stranger.

After showing Fallon how to do the choke, Fallon attempted to choke out the big man himself. Before Fallon could sink the choke in, Lesnar reversed Fallon and choked out the late-night host on national television—WWE style that is.

Lesnar's appearance on Fallon's show and the recent appearance of newly minted light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno illustrates the fact that mainstream media is starting to embrace the sport of mixed martial arts and, in particular, the UFC brand.

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos premieres this Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. Lesnar's biography will be hitting shelves on May 24, Victoria Day weekend for us Canadians.


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