Bubba Jenkins on drawing Lance Palmer first: ‘To be the champ, you gotta beat the champ’


Bubba Jenkins is unfazed by the problem of taking over two-time PFL featherweight champion Lance Palmer proper off the bat.

Jenkins (14-4 MMA, 0-0 PFL) meets two-time match winner Palmer (22-3 MMA, 11-0 PFL) on the principle card of PFL 2021, Week 1 on April 23, an occasion that airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.

The standout wrestlers share historical past. Jenkins, a 2011 NCAA Division I wrestling champ, bought one of the best of Palmer on the wrestling mats on a number of events on the Massive Ten Championships and thinks that offers him a psychological edge heading into their matchup.

“Rattling proper; I’m in his bag, and I’m in his head,” Jenkins informed MMA Junkie. “Interval. It’s my season, and to be the champ, you gotta beat the champ.”

The outspoken Jenkins oozes charisma. Not one to mince phrases, Jenkins had an emphatic prediction of how he sees his combat enjoying out with Palmer, who’s unbeaten within the PFL and has gained his previous 11 straight.

“Second-round knockout,” Jenkins mentioned. “I’m his physician. I’m going to examine his signs, diagnose him accordingly, then prescribe him some sleepy meds.”

Jenkins hasn’t competed since June 2019. The previous BRAVE CF featherweight champ was final seen in motion when he ran by means of ex-UFC fighter Lucas Martins within the first spherical to defend his title. On combat night time, it would have been virtually two years since Jenkins made the stroll to the cage, however he doesn’t anticipate the day off to have an effect on his efficiency.

“The Lord preserves them who belief in Him; my wings are renewed as these of an eagle,” Jenkins mentioned. “Layoffs don’t exist (to) a thoughts that’s at all times working to be higher.”

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