Attention Major League pitchers: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has some advice for that moment when your mound is being charged by an extremely angry hit batsman:
No. 1: Glove to the face
No. 2: Spinning back kick to the stomach
"Just use his own momentum against him," Jones said Monday at the MLB Fan Cave.
Whether it's a bench-clearing incident or his MMA career, the 24-year-old New York native likes to make an immediate impact. He signed with UFC just four months after his debut fight, racked up a 15-1 record and became Ultimate Fighting's youngest champion ever when he knocked out Mauricio Rua with a vicious knee to the head last March.
"[Shelley Duncan] came out of nowhere and started hitting home runs when he made it to the league," Jones said of his favorite MLB player. "Thats kind of what I've been doing in MMA. I was the new guy and I've been knocking out people and knocking things out of the park."
The champ also mentioned that he's become more of a Derek Jeter fan since earning his strap. He'll have a chance to do something Jeter never has on Saturday in Atlanta against Rashad Evans: Complete a third consecutive title defense.
-- Ian Kay / MLB.com