Bubba Jenkins

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Bubba Jenkins
Born (1988-02-05) February 5, 1988 (age 29)
Frankfurt, Germany[1]
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida
Team American Top Team
Wrestling NCAA Division I Champion Wrestling
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 11
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 4
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By submission 2
Other information
University Pennsylvania State University
Arizona State University
Notable school(s) Cox High School
Website http://gobubbajenkins.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 4, 2013

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.[2] 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.[3] Jenkinsis currently fights in the lightweight division of the Absolute Championship Berkut.


Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

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.[4]

Resurrection Fighting Alliance[edit]

One week before Bubba Jenkins defeated Chris Gomez at Tachi Palace Fights 12 - Second Coming, he signed an exclusive 6-fight deal with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA).[5]

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.[6] 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[edit]

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.[7]

Bellator MMA[edit]

On May 31, 2013, Bellator MMA announced they had signed Jenkins to a long term promotional agreement and he will make his debut in the summer.[8]

Jenkins took on Mike Barreras at Bellator 97. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[9]

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.

The following November, Jenkins would defeat Ian Rammel due to strikes in the third round at Bellator 109.[10]

Jenkins then faced Sean Powers at Bellator 114 on March 28, 2014. Jenkins won via unanimous decision.[11]

On July 25, 2014, Jenkins faced Poppies Martinez at Bellator 122. Jenkins defeated Martinez via strikes at 4:10 in the first round.[12]

Jenkins faced Thiago Meller at Bellator 126 on September 26, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

After moving from the Bellator Lightweight division to Featherweight, Jenkins faced former WSOF Featherweight Champion Georgi Karakhanyan on January 16, 2015 at Bellator 132.[14] He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.

Jenkins faced Joe Wilk on June 26, 2015 at Bellator 139.[15] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Jenkins faced Jordan Parsons on November 20, 2015 at Bellator 146. He won the fight via split decision.

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[edit]

After signed a contract with the ACB Jenkins faced with Ali Bagov on 11 March, 2017 at ACB 54.[16] He lost the fight by technical submission in the second round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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  2. ^ "Jenkins steals Penn State's thunder". NCAA.com. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  3. ^ . 2016-03-31 http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Bubba-Jenkins-85196. Retrieved 2016-03-31.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.di-cypher.com/clients/
  5. ^ "RFA signs NCAA Division I national champion Bubba Jenkins". OnTheMat.com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Bubba Jenkins vs. Jesus Adame continue Wrestling vs. Boxing rivalry at RFA 3". OnTheMat.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Bellator MMA signs Bubba Jenkins". TheMMAReport.com. May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lightweight king Michael Chandler puts 'Caveman' Rickels on ice in Bellator 97 headliner". Sherdog.com. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bellator 109 results: Shlemenko vs. Marshall". mmafighting.com. November 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "BELLATOR 114 RESULTS: PLAY-BY-PLAY & UPDATES". sherdog.com. March 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bellator 122 Results: McDonough vs. Koreshkov". mmafighting.com. July 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "BELLATOR 126". bellator.com. 
  14. ^ "Bellator 132 Fight Card". bellator.com. 
  15. ^ Mike Bohn (May 18, 2015). "Bubba Jenkins returns to action against Joe Wilk at Bellator 139 on June 26". mmajunkie.com. 
  16. ^ http://mmasucka.com/2017/03/03/bubba-jenkins-signs-acb-debuts-vs-ali-bagov-next-weekend/
  17. ^ "Bubba Jenkins - Arizona State Sun Devils". thesundevils.com.