Spike TV executives confirmed the news to FiveOuncesOfPain.com and several other websites via an e-mail on Monday afternoon.
Jones, 3-2, is currently slated to compete at XFC’s “Regional Conflict” show on April 25 in Knoxville, Tenn. Drafted in the first round by the Bucs in the 1996 NFL Draft, the former Tar Heel made his MMA debut on Oct. 26, 2007 at a World Championship Fighting event, submitting Will Mora with a Kimura at 1:02 of round 1.
A talented grappler, Jones has honed his submission skills under the tutelage of Rob Kahn at Gracie Tampa in Florida. Kahn is a former Golden Gloves boxing champion and a Royce Gracie black belt. Gracie Tamp is responsible for five fighters appearing on the TUF series, including Alan “Monsta Lobsta” Berube, Brandon Sene, Shane Primm, Brian Mclaughlin, and Matt Arroyo.
In addition to Jones and 250 other contestants, former Texas Tech defensive lineman Rex Richards and former Green Bay Packers running back Herbert Goodman both tried out for the show.
Richards is a former member of the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad and a former Arena Football League standout. With a solid record of is 6-1, Richards has competed for both the King of the Cage and Strikeforce promotions. His most notable fight thus far was a first round submission loss to current UFC heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin during Art of War 4 on Oct. 27, 2007.
After graduating from Graceland University, a NCAA Division II school in Iowa, Goodman made the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. After receiving limited playing time behind standout tailbacks Ahman Green and Dorsey Levens, Goodman was able to show what he could do with extensive playing time when he led NFL Europe in rushing during the 2002 season with 877 yards as a member of the Scottish Claymores.
Goodman is 9-6 since making his pro MMA debut and recorded a second round knockout victory over former UFC middleweight Jordan Radev during an M-1 Challenge event in Bourgas, Bulgaria.
Jones, Richards, and Goodman aren’t the only other former NFL players vying for spots on TUF 10. Five Ounces of Pain also previously reported that former New York Giants offensive lineman Bobby Jones and former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Matt Mitrione were planning on trying out for the show. We were unable to confirm whether either player attended today’s tryouts or instead were planning on applying via video.
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.