Jenkins holds onto BRAVE title with first-round TKO

Bubba Jenkins, 2011 NCAA wrestling champ for Arizona State, retained his BRAVE featherweight (145-pound) title with a first-round TKO at BRAVE CF 24 in London Thursday night.

Bubba Jenkins
Here's how the website described Jenkins' title defense:

"The main event was a short-lived affair with BRAVE featherweight champion Bubba Jenkins demolishing Brazil's Lucas Martins with less than three minutes gone on the clock. Jenkins started the fight with a flying knee before locking in the take-down. Once the fight hit the ground, Jenkins quickly wore Martins down before unleashing several heavy shots which caused the contest to be brought to a halt."

"It was an impressive performance from the American who cemented his position as the featherweight to beat in the BRAVE CF division," according to

BRAVE CF 24 was held at Copper Box Arena in London ... under highly unusual circumstances for a professional mixed martial event, requiring guests to wear formal attire and possess an invitation. "Influencers, celebrities and politicians watched on at the black tie, invite-only show where it was hoped that networking would help elevate MMA on the continent going forward," according to Bloody Elbow. "Only time will tell if that was indeed the case ..."

With the win, the 31-year-old Jenkins is now 14-4 in his pro MMA career going back to December 2011, including a multi-year stint in Bellator MMA.

Jenkins announced his intention of entering MMA just minutes after winning the 157-pound title by pinning former Penn State teammate David Taylor at the 2011 NCAAAs. Jenkins had wrestled for the Nittany Lions before having a falling out with head coach Cael Sanderson and transferring to Arizona State to complete his college mat career.


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