2012 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report - #10 - Bubba Jenkins

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Name: 22px-flag_of_the_united_states Bubba Jenkins
Nickname: --
Age: 23
Height: 5'7"
Location:
Coconut Creek, Florida

With only one professional mixed martial arts bout to his credit, 2011 NCAA Division I wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins (1-0) is a bit out of place. With only two minutes and four seconds of total cage time stemming from a debut fight at Tachi Palace Fights 11 on December 2, it's probably a stretch on our part to award him such an honor. Fortunately for us, history is in our favor.

The 23-year-old decorated collegiate wrestler is among an elite group of wrestlers who have found considerable success in transitioning their vaunted wrestling skills to the cage. Daniel Cormier, Mark Munoz, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Muhammed Lawal, the list goes on of top-tier fighters who possess extensive backgrounds in amateur wrestling. For the most part, even with little to no experience in other martial arts, NCAA champions like Jenkins have little trouble finding ways to win against stiff competition.

Jenkins' choice of training camp, American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, only further supports the theory that he'll rise to the top. The camp is considered one of the elite in the sport, and it houses an array of world class trainers and fighters that Jenkins can work with on a day-to-day basis.

Jenkins is far from ready for the big leagues, but he possesses all the intangibles that have made highly-credentialed NCAA wrestlers great in MMA. I imagine we'll see Jenkins rely on his powerful takedown game coupled with a ground and pound offense from the top early in his career, but I wouldn't put it past him to develop a decent submission game, especially with the strength he possesses. Jenkins is a dark horse who will likely improve by leaps and bounds as he takes more fights in 2012.

Video footage of Bubba Jenkins after the jump...

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Bubba Jenkins vs. Josh Williams
Tachi Palace Fights 11 - December 2, 2011

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