Payback is a bitch.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive end, Marcus Jones, will indeed pursue his mixed martial arts career when he takes on former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle, Matt Mitrione, at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale this Saturday (Dec. 5) live from "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jones and Mitrione went nose-to-nose in second-to-last episode of the season when "Darkness" learned that an errant (and accidental) Mitrione eye poke jeopardized the fight future of friend and fellow castmate, Scott Junk. No punches were thrown; however, Jones vividly explained the bodily harm that he wanted to inflict on "Meathead."
It was revealed shortly thereafter that Junk would make a full recovery; however, matchmakers/producers apparently hope to capitalize on the heat that may or may not still exist between the fighters after their heated exchange.
Jones was actually one fight away from facing Roy Nelson on Saturday night after handily defeating Mike Wessell and Darrill Schoonover. Unfortunately, Brendan Schaub didn't get the memo, finishing "Big Baby" via strikes in the final episode.
It's one fight closer than Mitrione got. The hypochondriac bested Scott Junk on Episode 7, but got choked out by James McSweeney in the quarterfinals just last night.
He could easily erase those bad memories with a big win over Jones.
TUF 10 Finale will feature a showdown between the top two finalists from the Spike TV reality show, Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub, as well as a light heavyweight war featuring Jon "Bones" Jones as he inches his way closer to contention against Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.
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