Officials today announced that 2011 NCAA national wrestling champion, Bubba Jenkins, is scheduled to make his pro MMA debut on December 2nd at “Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption” in Lemoore, California.
The two time NCAA national wrestling finalist has been planning to make his transition into MMA for quite some time. Even before he beat Penn State’s David Taylor in last March’s finals match Jenkins had decided that fighting was going to be his next venture, and now with a scheduled pro fight set for December 2nd that transition seems to be just a couple of months away.
Jenkins, who posted a collegiate wrestling record of 94-24 at both Penn St. and Arizona St, including a 21-3 record in his championship senior season with the Sun Devils, shook the wrestling community when he pinned the former undefeated David Taylor (38-0) in their finals match back in March. Taylor was a heavy favorite heading into that match but it was Jenkins who got scored the pin-fall victory with a wicked smooth cradle to claim the 2011 national title at 157 lbs. And it only seemed fitting that after Jenkins left Pen St. after some disagreements with new coach Cael Sanderson that he would get a chance at pay-back in the finals, defeating Penn State’s future star in Taylor.
That victory solidified Jenkins as a star on the wrestling mat and he will now look to use that momentum as he takes on Chris Huerta in a lightweight showdown. Jenkins has been training out of Florida’s American Top Team gym and his debut has been one of high anticipation. At only 23 years old Jenkins has the talent and drive to make himself a real star in the sport of MMA. However, his debut will tell us more than anything else what kind of future this sport will hold for him. So we can officially mark it on the calendar: Bubba Jenkins lightweight MMA pro debut is set for December 2nd against Chris Huerta at “Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption”. Best of luck to Mr. Jenkins in his pro debut. We all look forward to seeing and hearing good things about him in the very near future.
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