Bubba Jenkins has publicly expressed his displeasure with being on the prelims in his next fight.
The rising featherweight told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour that Bellator initially told him the contender bout against Georgi Karakhanyan would be on the main card of Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 in Anaheim. Plans changed, though, and Jenkins vs. Karakhanyan will be the featured prelim fight on spike.com.
“It was pretty disappointing to hear that it’s on the prelims,” Jenkins said. “I obviously have friends back home, tons of people who want to throw Bubba J fight parties, so to not have that opportunity kind of was like, ‘Aw man.’ I’m excited either way. The results will be the same. The fight is going to go the way I planned it.”
Jenkins (11-2) isn’t happy about not being on television. But he’s using his real-life irritation as a means to pump up the encounter with Karakhanyan and get people to watch. It’s a clever little marketing ploy by the former NCAA Division I wrestling standout. Jenkins tore down the fourth wall a bit on The MMA Hour.
“I think it’s along the lines of promoting the fight,” Jenkins said. “If people want to see me fight or people are making noise about it, they’re gonna go to the prelim card on spike.com and check out the fight or look at it on Spike TV regular TV to see if Bellator actually pushed me up. I think I’m promoting the fight like they want me to. I think any publicity is good publicity.”
That very well could be the case. And at the end of the day, Jenkins is a company man. He’s not upset at Bellator specifically. He actually likes the promotion a great deal. So much so ….View full article
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