“I’ve racked up four straight wins (overall) and I went undefeated (in three fights last year),” Jenkins told MMAWeekly.com. “I felt like I was definitely going after something and trying to achieve a better goal for myself to become a better fighter and I feel like I achieved that.”
Jenkins is particularly pleased with further developing his stand-up to add to his solid ground skills.
“I’ve improved in my striking and I think that I’ve shown in every fight that,” he said.
“In my last fight (against Thiago Meller at Bellator 126) I threw a lot more punches. I think my development of becoming a more complete fighter has really shown and I’m very happy about that.
At Bellator 132 on Friday in Temecula, Calif., Jenkins (8-1) will look to pick up his fifth win in a row against returning featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4-1) in a feature bout.
“I’ve got to be myself,” said Jenkins of his fight with Karakhanyan. “I’m fully confident in the fact that I can do what I want to do.
“I’m proving to myself every day that I’m a better fighter every day in training. So I’ve just got to come out, impose my will, be who I am and do what I do, and not let anything or anyone else dictate that. I want to prove that I can do this and I’m ready for this stage.”
With his success in Bellator, a win over Karakhanyan could very well be the catalyst for Jenkin’s championship aspirations.
“When I get this win, it puts me right up in line to get a call for a title shot,” said Jenkins. “Having that opportunity to be the man, take the belt and become the champion, leads to becoming a better fighter and facing bigger names.
“Winning this fight will show that I’m ready to take up the task of becoming Bellator’s 145-pound champion.”