NCAA Champ Jenkins Gets New Opponent for Tachi Palace Fights 11

By Mike Whitman Nov 15, 2011
Bubba Jenkins has a new opponent for his professional mixed martial arts debut, as the NCAA Division I wrestling champion will lock horns with high school wrestling standout Jason Williams at Tachi Palace Fights 11.

Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau on Tuesday. Jenkins’ original opponent, Chris Huerta, was forced to withdraw from the contest due to a stomach injury.

Headlined by a flyweight title bout pitting champion Ian McCall against short-notice replacement Josh Rave, TPF 11 “Redemption” goes down Dec. 2 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., and streams live on Sherdog.com.

“There [aren’t] very many people out there eager to fight Bubba Jenkins,” Luchau told Sherdog.com. “I was a little nervous we might not fight an opponent until I received a call on Jason Williams. I had a feeling if anyone was going to step to the plate to fight him locally, it would be someone like Williams, who has a rich wrestling background and Clovis High.”

A former wrestler at Iowa Central Community College, Williams also placed thrice in the California state tournament while in high school, finishing twice as runner-up.

The 2011 NCAA Division I champion at 157 pounds, Jenkins (Pictured) wrestled at Penn State University for three years before transferring to Arizona State University for his senior season. Jenkins earned a 21-3 record during his championship run and finished his collegiate wrestling career with a record of 94-24.

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