Bubba Jenkins Bio: Early Career, Bellator MMA & Net Worth

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Bubba Jenkins, aka Bad Man, is 34 years old professional Mixed Martial Artist. In college, he competed in wrestling before making the transition to wrestling. 

At present, Jenkins competes in Professional Fighters League under the Featherweight division. He has already fought in Bellator MMA, Absolute Championship Berkut, and Brave Combat Federation. 

Bubba Jenkins age
Bubba Jenkins, 33, MMA Fighter

As of 2021, his MMA record stands 14-4-0. To know more about Jenkins’s journey from wrestling to MMA, stay with us.

Quick Facts

Name Bubba Jenkins
Date of Birth February 5, 1988
Birth Place Frankfurt, Germany
Nick Name Bad Man
Age 36 Years Old
Gender Male
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnicity Unknown
Horoscope Aquarius
Education High School: Cox High School, First Colonial High School, and College: Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University 
Body Measurement Unknown
Height 5 ft 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 66 kgs (145 lbs)
Body Mass Index (BMI) 22.7
Build Muscular
Reach 70 inches
Shoe size Unavailable
Hair Colour Black
Eye Colour Black
Tattoo Yes
Father Name Carmelo Jenkins
Mother Name Teresa Otero
Siblings Brother (Eric Brown) and Sister (Unique Jenkins)
Marital Status Married
Wife Jesse Jenkins
Children Jream Jenkins (son) & Jade Jenkins (daughter)
Profession Mixed martial artist (MMA)
Category Feather Weight  / Light Weight 
Ranking Unknown
Team Kings MMA & Blackhouse MMA
Style Wrestling
Stance South Paw
Professional debut 2011
MMA record 14-4-0(Wins- Loss- No Contest)
Association Professional Fighters League
Salary Under review
Net worth $600,000
Social media Instagram @bubba_jenkins
Twitter @Bubba Jenkins
MMA Merch  Shin Guards, Shorts
Last Update May, 2024

Bubba Jenkins | Family and Personal Life

Bubba Jenkins was born on February 5, 1988, in Frankfurt, Germany. He was born to a father, Carmelo Jenkins, and mother, Teresa Otero. He also has two siblings, Eric Brown, his brother, and Unique Jenkins, his sister.

Likewise, Jenkins started wrestling at the age of 9. He always engaged in fights, so his mother joined him in wrestling practice.

It came as no surprise as his father, uncles, and cousins also used to wrestle. Hence, Jenkins was inspired and motivated by his family members to be a better wrestler.

bubba jenkins child
Bubba Jenkins child

As for his personal life, Jenkins is married now. The stellar MMA fighter is married to his beautiful wife, Jesse Jenkins. Similarly, the lovely couple has two children together. They are named Jream and Jade. 

Bubba Jenkins | Body Measurement

Being an MMA fighter, Jenkins has a fantastic muscular body. He trains hard to maintain his body ready for a fight.

Similarly, Bubba stands at 5 ft 7 inches (1.70m) and weighs around 66 kgs (145 lbs). Also, he has an amazing reach of 70 inches.

However, anything apart from this, like his biceps and body measurements, is unknown as of now. 

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Bubba Jenkins | Wrestling Career

High School

Talking about his early school life, Bubba Jenkins transferred to First Colonial High School in his senior year from Cox High School.

Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat ranked Jenkins top at the 145-pound wrestling category. During his senior year, Jenkins won many awards and accomplishments. 

Jenkins was also voted Outstanding Wrestler in the 2005 Beast of the East Championship. Likewise, he also won VSH and NHSCA championships, where Bubba dominated the whole tournament.


After his graduation in 2006, Jenkins committed to Pennsylvania State University. Similarly, he joined their wrestling program Penn State Nittany Lions.

Freshman Year

In Jenkin’s freshman season, he competed in the 157lbs category. During the regular season, he went 23-12. 

Later, in the Big Ten Championship, he recorded 3-3 and secured 6th seed. In his first attempt, only he went to Nationals. 

During the NCCA championship, Jenkins ended the tournament with a 1-2 record. In the first match, he defeated Michael chandler of Missouri with a 15-3 major. But in the next two matches, he lost against James Strouse and Seth Martin.

Junior World Championship

In 2007 Jenkins won a gold medal for the USA in Junior World Championship held in Beijing under the 66kg category.

Sophomore Season

During the sophomore season, Jenkins competed in the 149 lbs category. At the Big Ten championship, he recorded 2-2 as 5th seed. He defeated Ohio State Lance Plamer twice before losing to Brent Metcalf and Josh Churella.

In the NCAA championship, Jenkin’s 6th seed became the second-lowest seed to compete in the final. On the way to the last, he defeated No.11, No.3, and No seven before losing to No.1 Brent Metcalf. 

In Jenkins’s new category, he went 4-1 in nationals and became the 2008 NCAA runner-up. 


During Jenkins’s junior season, the German-born went undefeated in the regular season. He concluded the season with 22-0. 

At Big Ten Tournament, Jenkins won two matches against Nick Walpole and Andrew Nadhir to reach the finals.

But sadly, in the finals, he got injured and forfeited, securing runner-up place. Jenkin’s back problem also kept him out of the 2009-10 season too.

NCAA Champion

Following his rocky season, Jenkins, in his final year, transferred to Arizona State University.

The teaching style of the new head coach Sanderson was stated as his reason behind the transfer. After that, he competed in 157 lbs. 

Jenkins taking down his opponent
Jenkins taking down his opponent

Finally, in Jenkins’s senior season, he won the NCAA title. On-road to the championship Jenkins defeated unbeaten Nittany Lion by pinning.

Likewise, in the finals, he defeated future World Champion David Taylor, Pennsylvania State University. Overall, Jenkins ended his college career with a 73-21 record and 2 ALL-American Honor.

Bubba Jenkins | MMA Career

Professional Debut

It is a fact that Bubba is a strong contender when it comes to MMA. However, Jenkins transitioned to MMA from wrestling only after college.

In 2011 he signed the first professional contract with Tachai Palace Fight. Later, Jenkins revealed the reason why he chose MMA. He said, 

“I chose MMA because MMA makes me the athlete that I am.”

Similarly, on December 2, 2011, Bubba Jenkins made his professional debut against Josh Williams in Tachai Palace fights. He defeated Josh in the first round by submission.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance

Later Jenkins signed six-fight deals with the Resurrection Fighting Federation. On June 20, 2012, he made his debut RFA debut against Jesus Adame.

Moreover, Bubba defeated Adams in the first round through submission. Also, he only competed in a single fight for RFA.

Bellator MMA

On May 31, 2013, Jenkins signed a long-term deal with Bellator MMA. During his debut on July 31, 2013, he faced Mike Barreras. In the second round, he won the fight by submission.

First Professional Defeat

On September 20, 2013, Jenkins suffered his first-ever professional MMA defeat. There he lost against Burley in the third round by TKO.

Later he bounced back from his first defeat and won against Ian Rammel on November 22, 2013. He defeated Ian in the third round by TKO.

Likewise, in the next fight, he faced Sean Powers on March 28, 2014. Jenkins won the contest by unanimous decision.

On July 25, 2015, the German fighter won against Poppies Martinez by TKO in the first round. Later, on September 26, 2014, he defeated Thiago Meller by unanimous decision. 

Feather Weight

For the next fight, Jenkins decided to compete in the featherweight division. On January 16, 2015, in Jenkins’s first fight as a featherweight, he faced WSOF Feather Weight Champion Georgi Karakhanyan.

But sadly, Bubba lost the fight in the first round by submission. His four-fight winning streak also ended.

Later, Jenkins started his three-fight winning streak. For his first win, Jenkins defeated Joe Wilk on July 26, 2015, by TKO. Next, on November 27, 2015, he defeated Jordan Parsons by a split decision.

Likewise, in the last win of his streak, Jenkins defeated Goiti Yamauchi on March 4, 2016. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

On August 26, 2016, Jenkins got his rematch against Georgi Karakhanyan. During weigh-ins, Georgi failed to make 150lbs, so later, Jenkins decided to increase his weight. But he lost the fight through knockout in the first round only.

Release from Bellator MMA

There was news circulating that the new management of Scott Coker didn’t like Jenkins’s wrestling style.

Jenkins, in an interview, stated his relationship with Bellator went wrong after new management. He further mentioned he was facing problems in the process of matchmaking also in public presentations. 

On February 14, 2017, Jenkins was released by Bellator MMA. Just like that, his career in Bellator ended with an 8-3 record.  

Watch the match between Bubba Jenkins and Darrion Caldwell. Click to follow!

Absolute Championship Berkut

Bubba Jenkins signed with Russian MMA promotion company Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) after being a free agent. 

In his debut, he fought Ali Bagov on March 11, 2017. He lost his debut fight by submission in the second round.

Later, on September 23, 2017,  he registered his first win in ACB with a victory over Diego Maron. he won the fight in the third round by knockout.

Brave Combat Federation

On July 27, 2018, Jenkins signed a multi-fight contract with the rising global promotion company Brave Combat Federation (BCF). 

First Title

In his BCF debut, he got a title shot against reigning featherweight champion Elias Boudegzdame on September 21, 2018. He won the fight by unanimous decision and became the new BCF Champion.

Bubba Jenkins
Jenkins holding Brave CF title

On July 25, 2019, Jenkins faced Lucas Martins. His first title defense was a main-event fight held in London. Likewise, Bubba won the contest by TKO in the first round and successfully defended his title.

Professional Fighters League

In March 2020, Jenkins agreed with Professional Fighters League. Jenkins will feature in the new season of PFL, which is set to return in April 2021. 

Bobby Jenkins mentioned he is excited for the opportunity to fight in America again. He competed in a foreign land after leaving Bellator MMA.

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Bubba Jenkins | Social Media and Net Worth

Bubba Jenkins is quite active on social media platforms. He has already gained 21k and 9.4k followers on Instagram and Twitter, respectively.

On social media, he usually posts photos and videos of his lifestyle, having fun with children, and workouts.

The salary details of Bubba Jenkins in PFL are not revealed to the public. But it is estimated that in Bellator MMA, he used to earn a base salary of $14000 excluding bonuses.

According to various sources, Jenkins has a net worth of around $6,00,000.  

Jenkins also has endorsement deals with many brands. His main sponsor is Athletic BD. Likewise, some of the other sponsors are brave energy drink, Turtle Beach, etc.

Additionally, he had also conducted Bubba Jenkins Super Duck Sunkist Kids Camp back in 2010. Well, he had portrayed a step-by-step process regarding fights. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who won the match between Bubba Jenkins and Bobby Moffett? Who won between Bubba Jenkins and Lance Palmer?

Well, Bubba Jenkins won the match against Bobby Moffett in June 2021 through unanimous decision. 

As for his June match in 2021, Bubba Jenkins defeated Lance Palmer during their match in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, via unanimous decision. 

What is the match between Bubba Jenkins and Jason Nolf?

Well, the featured match between NCAA champion Bubba Jenkins and three-time NCAA champion Jason Nolf capped another excellent night of wrestling. During their match, Nolf scored an early takedown to lead 2-0 with a pair of takedowns. 

What is the net worth of Bubba Jenkins?

The estimated net worth of Bubba Jenkins is around $6,00,000. 

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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