Bellator have swooped to sign up one of the most hotly tipped lightweight up and comers around at the moment, Bubba Jenkins.
Jenkins is a two time all-American wrestler and won the D1 National Championship at 157lbs, so naturally there was a lot of interest when he then decided to make the jump to MMA competition.
Since then the 25 year-old, who was born in Germany but raised in the U.S, has gone 3-0, with each coming by way of first round stoppage. He’s also featured served as one of Jon Jones coaching staff during The Ultimate Fighter 17.
This is a good move by Bellator and they are accustomed to nurturing world-class wrestling talent having previously signed the likes of two-time NCAA champion Cole Konrad (who went on to become their heavyweight title holder before retiring undefeated) and more recently former NCAA Div 2 champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal.
Jenkins first fight in the Bellator cage is expected to take place this summer.