|Summary:||Ground game, size, heavy hands|
|From:||Jacksonville, Florida USA|
|Height:||6' 6" ( 198 cm )|
|Weight:||265 lb ( 120 kg )|
A product of North Carolina, Marcus Jones enters the house with an impressive athletic pedigree. A three-sport star at Southwest Onslow High School, Jones earned several accolades including Gatorade All-American for football, All-Conference for basketball and was a two-time state champ in discus.
Jones elected to stay in state and enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he became a standout defensive end for the Tar Heels. An elite pass rusher, Jones was a four-time letterman, an All-American and the 1995 ACC Defensive Player of the Year during his UNC career.
In 1996, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose Jones with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft. During his eight seasons he totaled 24 career sacks, including 13 during the 2000 season, placing him eighth in the league. After six seasons with the Bucs, Jones moved over to the Buffalo Bills where injuries forced him out of the league.
A life-long fan of mixed martial arts, Jones turned to the sport following retirement and began training with the renowned team Gracie Tampa and former “The Ultimate Fighter” alums Brandon Sene, Shame Primm and Matt Arroyo. A natural athlete with powerful hands, the 35-year-old Jones is looking to improve his overall game while in the house.
Training: Weights for an hour. Jiu-Jitsu - one hour. Come back at night to spar and do cardio.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Two and half yrs ago - for self defense and for fun.
What ranks and titles have you held? Blue belt in jiu-jitsu
Do you have any heroes? Jens ‘Lil’ Evil’ Pulver
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Everything. The culmination of possibility and the beginning of a dream
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to the University of North Carolina and have a degree in communications.
What was your job before you started fighting? I played defensive end in the NFL
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? All wins in three minutes or less in the first round.
Favorite grappling technique: Jiu-jitsu
Favorite striking technique: Muay Thai