2011 NCAA champion Bubba Jenkins set to make MMA debut at Tachi Palace Fights 11
The wait is over. Nine months after capturing a NCAA wrestling championship for the Arizona State wrestling team, Bubba Jenkins (0-0) is one step closer to his first foray into the cage.
Sources close to the situation have informed ULTMMA.com (www.ULTMMA.com) that Jenkins' MMA debut will likely occur on Friday December 2nd for California's Tachi Palace Fights promotion.The hyped college wrestling to MMA transition for Jenkins will begin in the sports 155 pound lightweight division.
At press time an opponent has not been confirmed for Jenkins. Tachi Palace Fights 11 Redemption takes place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA and will feature a main event of Ian McCall vs. Will Campuzano.
*Update Jenkins is booked versus Chris Huerta (0-0). The fight for Huerta will also be his first pro fight.*
A 2008 runner-up at 149 pounds for Penn State University, Jenkins hinted at a possible move into MMA prior to his senior season at ASU. The 23 year old Jenkins was an All American for the Nittany Lions in 2008 before he transferred to ASU for his final year of eligibility.
At 157 pounds Jenkins went 21-3 during his senior year for the Sun Devils. Jenkins capped off his 2010-11 season with a run through the NCAA tournament that included a win over undefeated Penn State wrestler David Taylor in the finals.
In June, Jenkins officially joined the American Top Team fight team. After a summer spent conducting wrestling camps, Jenkins will call ATT's Coconut Creek, Florida facility home as he preps for his MMA debut.
With official MMA record of 0-0 Jenkins is a four star prospect at 155 pounds according to ULTMMA.com. Based on his amateur wrestling credentials as well as his ATT coaches and training partners Jenkins checks in at number 46 in the ULTMMA50; a pound for pound listing of the top 50 unsigned prospects in MMA.