February 5, 1988 |
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Champion Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Pennsylvania State University
Arizona State University
|Notable school(s)||Cox High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Bubba Jenkins (born February 5, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist and former collegiate wrestler. He grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is well known for winning the 2011 NCAA Division I Championship at 157 lbs. for Arizona State University. Jenkins formally fought for the mixed martial arts promotion Bellator Fighting Championships in the featherweight division, after signing a long-term promotional agreement with the organization in May 2013. Jenkinsis currently fights in the lightweight division of the Absolute Championship Berkut.
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Mixed Martial Arts career
Bubba "The Unicorn Slayer" Jenkins made his mixed martial arts debut in the Lightweight division on December 2, 2011 at Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption. Jenkins defeated Josh Williams by submission via strikes at 2:04 in the first round. Jenkins returned for his second fight at Tachi Palace Fights 12: Second Coming on March 9, 2010 He defeated Chris Gomez by submission via Rear Naked Choke at 2:07 in the first round.
Bubba Jenkins is managed by Daniel A. Martinez of Di-Cypher & Associates.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance
On June 30, 2012, Jenkins made his promotional debut for the RFA against highly decorated amateur boxer Jesus Adame at RFA 3 - Stevenson vs. Cochrane. Jenkins quickly slammed Adame to the ground and submitted him via Rear Naked Choke at 1:08 of the first round.
The Ultimate Fighter 17: Coaching Staff
On October 31, 2012, it was announced that Jenkins joined Jon Jones' coaching staff on the seventeenth season of the UFC produced reality television show The Ultimate Fighter. The first episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen premiered on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 8 ET/PT on FX Networks.
Jenkins returned to the Bellator cage at Bellator 100 against LaRue Burley on September 20, 2013. He suffered the first defeat of his professional MMA career as he was stopped by Burley via strikes in the third round.
After moving from the Bellator Lightweight division to Featherweight, Jenkins faced former WSOF Featherweight Champion Georgi Karakhanyan on January 16, 2015 at Bellator 132. He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.
Jenkins then faced Georgi Karakhanyan a rematch at Bellator 160 on August 26, 2016 at a catchweight of 150lbs. because Karakhanyan failed to make weight. Jenkins made the weight. He was favored to win the rematch, but Karakhanyan won, this time at 150lbs., via knock out the first minute into the first round.
Absolute Championship Berkut
Championships and accomplishments
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- NCAA Division I All-American out of Arizona State University (2011) and Penn State University (2008)
- NCAA Division I 157 lb: Champion out of Arizona State University (2011)
- NCAA Division I 149 lb: Runner-up out of Penn State University (2008)
- Big Ten Conference 149 lb: Runner-up out of Penn State University (2008)
- Big Ten Conference 149 lb: 6th place out of Penn State University (2007)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||11 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||11–4||Ali Bagov||Technical Submission (inverted triangle choke)||ACB 54: Supersonic||March 1, 2017||2||4:01||Manchester, England|
|Loss||11–3||Georgi Karakhanyan||KO (punch)||Bellator 160||August 26, 2016||1||0:53||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||11–2||Goiti Yamauchi||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 151||March 4, 2016||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||10–2||Jordan Parsons||Decision (split)||Bellator 146||November 20, 2015||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||9–2||Joe Wilk||TKO (punches)||Bellator 139||June 26, 2015||2||1:00||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Georgi Karakhanyan||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 132||January 16, 2015||1||1:49||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||8–1||Thiago Meller||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 126||September 26, 2014||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||7–1||Poppies Martinez||TKO (punches)||Bellator 122||July 25, 2014||1||4:10||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||6–1||Sean Powers||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 114||March 28, 2014||3||5:00||West Valley City, Utah, United States|
|Win||5–1||Ian Rammel||TKO (punches)||Bellator 109||November 22, 2013||3||2:38||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||4–1||LaRue Burley||TKO (punches)||Bellator 100||September 20, 2013||3||3:40||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||4–0||Mike Barreras||TKO (punches)||Bellator 97||July 31, 2013||2||1:05||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Bellator Debut|
|Win||3–0||Jesus Adame||Submission (rear naked choke)||RFA 3: Stevenson vs. Cochrane||June 30, 2012||1||1:08||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||2–0||Chris Gomez||Submission (rear naked choke)||TPF 12: Second Coming||March 9, 2012||1||2:07||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Josh Williams||Submission (strikes)||TPF 11: Redemption||December 2, 2011||1||2:04||Lemoore, California, United States|
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- "Jenkins steals Penn State's thunder". NCAA.com. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- . 2016-03-31 http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Bubba-Jenkins-85196. Retrieved 2016-03-31. Missing or empty
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- "Bubba Jenkins vs. Jesus Adame continue Wrestling vs. Boxing rivalry at RFA 3". OnTheMat.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- "Jon Jones reveals TUF 17 coaching staff includes former UFC champ Frank Mir and NCAA Division I wrestling champ Bubba Jenkins". Yahoo.com. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Bellator MMA signs Bubba Jenkins". TheMMAReport.com. May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
- "Lightweight king Michael Chandler puts 'Caveman' Rickels on ice in Bellator 97 headliner". Sherdog.com. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Bellator 109 results: Shlemenko vs. Marshall". mmafighting.com. November 22, 2013.
- "BELLATOR 114 RESULTS: PLAY-BY-PLAY & UPDATES". sherdog.com. March 28, 2014.
- "Bellator 122 Results: McDonough vs. Koreshkov". mmafighting.com. July 25, 2014.
- "BELLATOR 126". bellator.com.
- "Bellator 132 Fight Card". bellator.com.
- Mike Bohn (May 18, 2015). "Bubba Jenkins returns to action against Joe Wilk at Bellator 139 on June 26". mmajunkie.com.
- "Bubba Jenkins - Arizona State Sun Devils". thesundevils.com.
- Jenkins, Bubba. "MMA - Fists of Fortune DVD Magazine - Issue 1 (Complete)". MMA - Fists of Fortune DVD Magazine - Issue 1 (Complete). youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
- Jenkins, Bubba. "Bubba Jenkins". Bubba Jenkins. Sherdog. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Jenkins, Bubba. "Player Bio: Bubba Jenkins". Player Bio: Bubba Jenkins. CBS ineractive. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Jenkins, Bubba. "Bubba Jenkins". Bubba Jenkins. Penn State. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Gould, KJ. "NCAA Champion Bubba Jenkins Makes Pro MMA Debut Tonight at Tachi Palace Fights 11". NCAA Champion Bubba Jenkins Makes Pro MMA Debut Tonight at Tachi Palace Fights 11. Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2011-12-20.