Marcus “Big Baby” Jones former NFL star turned MMA fighter announced his retirement according to a report from AroundTheOctagon, who are citing a source from within Jones’ training camp. With a decent (4-1) MMA start – the season 10 TUF contestant submitted Mike Wessel and moved on to dominate, Darrill Schoonover to reach the semifinals.
He was the only fighter on Team Rampage to advance beyond the preliminary bouts. Jones seem to be on a warpath until Brendan Schaub knocked him out in the finals.
After the loss, an emotional Jones hinted at retirement, saying that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to keep putting his family through the torment that often follows most professional fighters. In addition, his 36-year-old body showed signs of slowing down with several injuries on the show, including an injured knee that almost forced him off the program.
Jones accepted an invitation to compete at the TUF 10 Finale earlier this month against fellow castmate Matt Mitrione, and Jones was definitely not going to turn down a chance to get his hands on Matt. On the TUF show Jones really hated Matt and even got nose to nose with him begging him to hit him.
At the finale bout between him and Mitrione, Jones appeared to be on his game – controlling the fight early on, but that was short lived as Mitrione clipped Jones with a devastating right hand that hand that ended the night for Jones. Unfortunately because I really wanted to see him knock that friggin cry baby Mitrione out.
Perhaps a career in the hard hitting NFL, then crossing over to MMA only to receive 2 devastating KO’s back to back early on in his MMA career convinced him that he may not want to continue with that pattern. It is very unfortunate because he has promising talent and all the tools to be great in MMA.