Anytime you’re about to fight a guy named “Rampage,” you should be scared. Unless of course you’re Jon “Bones” Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champ and a 6’4”, 205-pound ass-kicker favored 5 to 1. For more on Saturday’s UFC 135 matchups, check out our bro site Cage Potato’s take on the odds. But first, read Jones’ advice on women, booze and autograph-seekers. And don’t ask him to sign your belt.
MADE MAN: What item do you never leave home without, and why?
JON “BONES” JONES: When I’m on the road, I try not to leave home without a toothbrush. In general, I don’t leave home without my K-Swisses. [Full disclosure: the dude is sponsored by K-Swiss.]
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day of work?
JBJ: A glass of merlot. Or a Jack and Coke.
MM: Seriously? How’d you beat that?
JBJ: I didn’t beat it. I was really insecure throughout high school. I was never really popular or anything. Like, I sung in jazz choir. But I just hung in there. And now… everything’s changed.
MM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about women, and who gave it to you?
JBJ: Don’t be intimidated. I mean, that’s just common sense.
MM: What can UFC teach guys about being better men?
JBJ: It teaches you work ethic. How to put it all on the line and go for it. And how to sacrifice.
MM: Speaking of work, what’s it like working with Danny McBride on those crazy shoe commercials?
JBJ: It’s awesome. You know what, before the shoot I just thought he was funny. Now I realize that he’s gifted. I have a whole different level of respect for him.
MM: Which is harder, shooting a bunch of commercials or trying to beat somebody’s face in?
JBJ: I don’t know. In the Octagon you have your shirt off in front of millions of viewers, you have the chance of being knocked unconscious in front of your high school teachers, the kids from your church, all that. Like, everyone’s going to see it if you lose. So it takes a lot of guts.