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The Challenge

Twenty-eight money-hungry competitors arrive in Punta del Este, Uruguay, expecting to be teamed up with an ex, an enemy, or even a weak rookie. Little do they know, this is an individual game, and they'll be answering to no one but themselves in the most unpredictable Challenge ever. The 25th season, Free Agents, forces players to compete on their own in a battle of perseverance and luck. A grand total of $350,000 is up for grabs, and with so much money on the line, these already blood-thirsty competitors turn vicious. In the end, this season will find the most worthy challenger yet, the ultimate FREE AGENT.

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Frank and Johnny

Johnny and Frank

The stage is set for a clash of the egos as two of the most notorious personalities in Challenge history are thrust together. Although they had never met in person prior to their arrival in Thailand, Johnny and Frank's rivalry grew out of a heated exchange on Twitter. Irked by the "Rookie Revolution" that propelled Frank's team to victory on Battle of the Seasons, veteran Johnny downplayed Frank's win, claiming he "didn't scout Junior Varsity" when a fan asked his opinion of the game's new generation. Never one to let an insult slide by, Frank fired back at 30 year-old Bananas, snarking, "Maybe you should focus on a real job, old man!" While these two may need to earn each other's respect, four-time champion Johnny already recognizes their innate similarities, admitting, "One of the things that scares me the most about Frank is he reminds me a lot of myself." Johnny and Frank have the chops to emerge as a powerhouse pair, but will their massive egos prove to be their downfall?

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Follow Frank on Twitter: @MTVFrankSweeney

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Jordan and Marlon

Rookies can be sacrificial lambs in this game, but Marlon and Jordan are hoping to buck the trend. Former Big 12 linebacker Marlon is no stranger to intense competition, and despite being born with only one hand, Jordan has excelled in sports his entire life, from rugby to wrestling to gymnastics. Marlon explains, "Some of the people that don't know Jordan are going to underestimate him a lot. But they don't realize that him not having two hands has actually made him that much better of a person and that much more of a competitor." As impressive as their athletic abilities are, this is a pair that really knows how to push each other's buttons. Jordan admits, "We are both very high-strung competitors. We both want to be on top. We both want to be heard. And we both feel that our opinions are the best way." Know-it-all Jordan gets under everyone's skin while getting under the covers with two veteran girls, while Marlon explores his sexuality by playing both sides of the fence, hooking up with a guy and a girl. Could these rookies morph into a power pair? Or will their time in Thailand be cut short?

Follow Jordan on Twitter: @JordanMTV

Follow Marlon on Twitter: @JDeezyMTV

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Leroy and Ty

It was bad enough that Ty sent Leroy home on Battle of the Exes, but Leroy had to stir the pot even further by airing his grievances on the internet, calling Ty "crazy." Although Ty and Leroy have the athleticism to perform in challenges, Ty's temperamental personality could put a wrinkle in their plans. Leroy worries, "Ty is good with getting in people's heads, but it's definitely a roll of the dice when you're playing with him. You never know." Leroy makes up for Ty's unpredictability with his quick wit and good looks, winning him points with the girls. Ty reveals, "Leroy is very popular with people in the house. He's going to make everyone laugh, and he'll make us a lovable team." Ever the ladies' man, Leroy's wandering eye lands on a veteran girl, but pursuing a romance could jeopardize their game. Can these two keep the crazy under control or are they doomed to make another early exit?

Follow Leroy on Twitter: @roylee25mtv

Follow Ty on Twitter: @Ty_Ruff_MTV

Preston and Knight

Preston and Knight

Knight and Preston go together like gym socks and high heels, but that doesn't mean they aren't a force to be reckoned with. Surrounded by perfect physical specimens, Knight and Preston are constantly underestimated as competitors, but wouldn't want it any other way. Knight reveals, "People look at us and are like, 'Hey, we want to bring these guys to the Final.' What they don't know is Preston is a runner. Preston can run for days." Their rivalry dates back to their stint on The Real World: Back to New Orleans. Preston recalls, "Knight and I have always had a very messy relationship. If Knight's opening his mouth, he's saying something offensive. I don't know how we're going to get along." Can Preston keep his heart in the game long enough to knock out a win? Or will Knight's mind games drive him away once and for all?

Follow Preston on Twitter: @prestomagicmtv

Follow Knight on Twitter: @knight_mtv

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Robb and Derek

Robb and Derek can finally laugh at their shirt-ripping confrontation on Battle of the Seasons. Derek jokes, "My fight with Robb was one of the dumbest things I've ever done. He would've killed me and I look like a little Chihuahua!" Not only has Robb put the past behind them, but has also been training hard since his last Challenge, adding 40 lbs. to his 6'6" frame. He admits that while Derek isn't the biggest guy in the house, he's still a valuable asset in the game. "We are very well rounded. I know he can probably endure just about everything. I suck underwater; he's awesome underwater. And I think we're both pretty smart," Robb says. Can these former foes keep the peace long enough to grab the cash? Or will tempers flare once again?

Follow Robb on Twitter: @RobbMTV

Follow Derek on Twitter: @MTVDerek