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Bubba Jenkins, Former NCAA Wrestling Champion, Signs With Bellator

Bubba is coming to Bellator.

Despite the outpouring of negative responses on social media, Bubba Jenkins has signed a multi-fight contract to compete in Bellator MMA.

Jenkins, a former NCAA wrestling champion who competed at both Penn State and Arizona State, will make his debut this summer. He is considered by many to be one of the top prospects in all of MMA.

“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 defeated current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler during the 2007 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

“Bubba Jenkins is MMA’s top young prospect and we have the optimal developmental program to maximize that talent,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “Our mission is to sign and develop the world’s best fighters. Bubba’s development will be strategic and disciplined, taking all appropriate preliminary steps prior to his facing the rigors of the toughest tournament in sports.”

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