Bubba Jenkins, Bellator MMA part ways

Bubba Jenkins compiled a record of 8-3 in Bellator (Photo/Bellator)

Bubba Jenkins, 2011 NCAA wrestling champ, is no longer fighting in the Bellator MMA organization.

As to who made the decision to part ways ... depends on who you ask.

Multiple mixed martial arts websites are reporting that Bellator MMA severed the relationship with Jenkins ... while the former Arizona State and Penn State wrestler is saying the decision was his.

"After having eleven fights in Bellator, featherweight Bubba Jenkins is now a free agent as the promotion has released him from his promotional agreement," according to the MMA Report, which added that Bellator released Jenkins from his contract on Tuesday.

MMA website reported that it had confirmed the news with a Bellator official on Tuesday.

However, late Tuesday afternoon, Jenkins provided a different version of things, tweeting, "Yes, the story is true. I have asked for my release from @BellatorMMA.People treat u how u allow them 2 treat u. Respect 4 urself is key."

About one hour later, the former Sun Devil/Nittany Lion mat star added the following to his BubbaJenkinsMMA Twitter account : "Haha don't get it twisted folks. I don't get fired...I fire"

At approximately 7 p.m. Eastern time, Jenkins posted this message on Facebook: "Bellator quick 2get out & tell lies... let's see if they can spin this...I fought Aug 26 and still haven't been paid all my money. #payme"

Since signing with Bellator in 2013, Jenkins compiled an 8-3 record during his time with the promotion, competing at lightweight (155 pounds) in his first three Bellator bouts before dropping down to featherweight (145 pounds).

In his last bout, Jenkins suffered a 53-second knockout loss against Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 160 on Aug. 26. It was Jenkins second loss to Karakhanyan, the first came via submission at Bellator 132 in Jan. 2015.

Jenkins had announced his plans for a professional MMA career minutes after winning the 157-pound title for Arizona State at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, having just pinned his former Penn State teammate David Taylor in the finals. Jenkins' first fight was in December of that year. In six years in MMA, Jenkins has compiled a record of 11-3.


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