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| | Marcus Jones vs. Matt Mitrione set for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
Marcus Jones vs. Matt Mitrione set for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale | MMAjunkie.com
A heavyweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast members and NFL veterans Marcus Jones (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Matt Mitrione (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes place on the undercard of Saturday's live show finale. |
Following their elimination from the tournament, which aired as part of today's "TUF 10" two-hour season finale, the bout officially was announced.
The two fighters had a heated exchange during the episode, which likely prompted the booking for Saturday's event.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale takes place Dec. 5 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The night's main card, including the (non-"TUF") headliner of Matt Hamill vs. Jon Jones, airs on Spike TV.
While never on friendly terms during the duration of the show, Jones inexplicably confronted Mitrione in the final episode and blamed him for possibly ending Junk's career. Junk, a friend of Jones', had suffered an eye injury in a loss to Mitrione in the opening-round of the competition.
Jones was part of Team Rampage on the show while Mitrione fought under the Team Rashad banner.
Jones, a first round draft pick in the 1996 NFL draft pick and the most accomplished of the "TUF 10" NFL vets, began his MMA career in late 2007 and has posted a 4-1 record with four first-round stoppages. The green but well-rounded fighter advanced to the "TUF 10" semis after a submission victory over Mike Wessel and a TKO win over Darrill Schoonover.
Jones, a seven-year member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was knocked out of the competition in the semis by Brendan Schaub in one of the season's most entertaining bouts. Following the loss, Jones said he planned to walk away from the sport but evidently reconsidered after the sting of the loss wore off.
Mitrione, meanwhile, makes his professional debut on Saturday. The former NFL lineman and defensive tackle spent four years in the NFL (and played in two with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings). He advanced to the "TUF 10" semis with an upset decision victory over one-time UFC fighter Scott Junk but was bounced from the quarterfinals after suffering a submission loss to James McSweeney.
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