Bellator MMA has signed one of the best prospects in MMA to a longterm deal by signing Bubba Jenkins (3-0 MMA). Jenkins will make his debut with the promotion this summer, with multiple fights before he makes his tournament debut.
Jenkins was an NCAA D1 champion in 2011, defeating Penn State’s David Taylor in the finals at 157-pounds. A win made more sweet considering that Jenkins transferred from Penn State to Arizona State the previous year. Jenkins also faced off with Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler at the NCAAs in 2007, beating the champ via major decision.
Jenkins, who appeared on TUF 17 as an assistant coach for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, was reportedly fielding multiple offers before deciding that Bellator MMA was the right fit:
“After sitting down with Bjorn, I really felt comfortable with the opportunity laid out for me, and this is where I want to be,” Jenkins said. “Bellator is doing a lot of great things right now and I want to be a part of it. I’m not here to step on any toes, I’m here to develop as an elite fighter, get my shot in the tournament and eventually compete for a world championship.”
Jenkins will be one to watch develop in the Bellator cage. “The Highlight Kid” has a ton of potential in MMA, showing a growing all-round assault that blends his attacking wrestling style with solid submission and strikes.
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