Bubba Jenkins was recently released by Bellator MMA and he has already found a new home as he signed with the Russia-based Absolute Championships Berkut promotion.
The first fight from his multi-fight contract with the promotion will take place next week at ACB 54 and his opponent will be Ali Bagov.
The former Bellator MMA fighter recently spoke with MMA Fighting about his reasons for asking for his release.
“I wouldn’t say that big name fighters in other organizations want to leave,” Jenkins said. “I would say they get released, or they get this or they that, but for them to want to leave is something about the organization. Why is it that Hector Lombard wanted to leave Bellator? Why is it that Eddie Alvarez wanted to leave Bellator? Why is it that Will Brooks — being a champion of the sport, their champion — wanted to leave? Why is it that people want leave this organization in the prime of their championship buzz? I believe Bellator has their certain guys — and every organization has their breadwinners — but it’s like man, when you have a guy that’s been aiming for the top with you and he gets to the top or a he gets to certain platform where he’s like, ‘okay, I’ve been working this hard, can you show me that you care for me,’ and then they’re just like, well we don’t really care for you, and they let people to go or they push you out. It’s like, what kind of sport are we in? It’s such a dog eat dog world.”
The ACB signee earned a total of eight wins under the Bellator MMA banner and the biggest came over Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 151.