Former NFL offensive lineman Bobby Jones is slated to try out for the upcoming tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news from a source close to the fighter on Tuesday afternoon.
Spike TV and the UFC have scheduled an open casting call for the tenth season of TUF for Monday, April 6 in Seattle, Washington at the Marriott Hotel located at the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport.
The tenth season of TUF will be casting mixed martial artists in the middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. It should be noted that a press released issued by Spike lists the heavyweight cutoff at 225 pounds.
An undefeated heavyweight with a combined pro/amateur record of 2-0, Jones first made his MMA debut on August 24, 2007 during a Fight Fest show in Ohio, where he recorded a TKO over Darby Hodge at just 0:34 into round 1. He followed up his successful debut with a second victory last January when he recorded another TKO in the first round, this time against William Clifford.
Jones is a graduate of Penn State and in addition to lettering in football for the university as an offensive lineman, he was also a member of the wrestling team as a senior. Additionally, Jones was also a high school wrestling champion.
After Penn State, Jones played one season for the New York Giants in 2002. He appeared in 11 games that year but was eventually released. He continued his pro football career with a brief stint in the Arena Football League and was also a high school teacher.
He ultimately decided to test his competitive fire by transitioning into mixed martial arts after being exposed to the sport through competitive grappling and televised MMA events.
“Somebody introduced me to submission wrestling, grappling, and I got into that and I loved it, and did very well there,” Jones was quoted as saying in an ESPN.com article last year. “I wanted to do something more and I watched MMA on TV all the time, UFC and PRIDE, and I fell in love with it.”
Jones had been signed to a contract by EliteXC last year but was never used by the promotion.