Bubba Jenkins, 2011 NCAA Division I wrestling champ for Arizona State, has launched his mixed martial arts career by joining the American Top Team professional fight team, ATT announced Friday.
“We think his overall mat experience, mental toughness, and athleticism will be key assets going forward in his MMA career,” said the ATT statement.
The 23-year-old Jenkins will move to Coconut Creek, Fla. to train at ATT with MMA competitors such as Mike Brown, Cole Miller, Jorge Masvidal, Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, Hector Lombard, and Gleison Tibau.
Just two weeks ago, the former Sun Devil wrestler took the first official step towards his mixed martial arts career by signing with Gorilla Management.
Long before signing with Gorilla and ATT, Jenkins made it known that his post-college career plans involved MMA, in interviews during the 2011 NCAA championships in March, and in interviews since. In fact, within minutes of winning the 157-pound title at the nationals, Jenkins said, “MMA is next. I’m excited about it. I got fast hands, fast feet. The camera’s going to love me, I hope. I got a good smile for it… I hope MMA, I just explode on the scene and start shocking the world.”
As a college wrestler, Jenkins was a two-time NCAA finalist at two different schools. As a sophomore at Penn State, the Virginia Beach native lost the 149-pound title bout against Iowa’s Brent Metcalf at the 2008 NCAAs. Later, Jenkins had a falling-out with Cael Sanderson, hired as the Nittany Lions’ head wrestling coach in April 2009; Jenkins transferred to Arizona State for his final year of eligibility. As a Sun Devil, Jenkins had a 21-3 record, capping his senior season by pinning former Penn State teammate (and undefeated freshman phenon) David Taylor to win the 2011 NCAA 157-pound crown. Jenkins completed his collegiate mat career with an overall record of 94-24.
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