Bubba Jenkins Discloses Reasons Behind Getting Bellator MMA Release


Bubba Jenkins is no longer a part of Bellator MMA, having spent the majority of his professional MMA in the promotion.

Jenkins wasn’t happy during his time in the company and he also wasn’t much of a fan about how his exit was handled.

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“Honestly, I guess they want to portray something they’re not,” Jenkins said to MMA Fighting. “I ain’t saying they are trying to sabotage me, but I can only assume with the way they’ve been acting, with the characteristics and the questionable ethic calls they’ve been doing through my career — I want to say, maybe they aren’t what they claim to be. Maybe ‘fighter’s first’ isn’t what they should be saying.”

Jenkins earned a total of seven wins in Bellator, with some notable wins coming over Poppies Martins, Thiago Meller, Jordan Parsons and Goiti Yamauchi.

One of the biggest reasons that Jenkins left the promotion is that since Scott Coker took over, Jenkins saw the amount of fights offered take a nose dive.

“Absolutely, it dropped off — it dropped off a cliff as if I was just walking on a street and then an avalanche came by and took the street away,” he said. “They say don’t all your eggs in one basket, but man, I had a couple of baskets that got crushed. That happened to the point where I was like, okay, I understand I may have been your guy when Bjorn was here and I may not be your guy now. But I just want to know a direction that I’m going in. I know I speak very well, I’m a college graduate, I coach kids, I give back to the community — I have all the little things that would pertain to be a star.”

Jenkins last fight in the promotion came at Bellator 160, where he was knocked out in the first round by Georgi Karakhanyan.

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