Coming off the second loss of his career, which happened this past January to Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 132, featherweight up-and-comer Bubba “The Highlight” Jenkins responded with a second-round TKO of Joe Wilk five months later.
For Jenkins, the win helped get him back on the track towards title contention that he had built over his previous four bouts in Bellator.
“I was excited to get back in there coming off a loss,” Jenkins told MMAWeekly.com. “I wanted to showcase what I’ve been showing on the last six months. Getting a finish was a big part of the plan.
“Once Joe came with a different strategy other than banging with me, I took it to where I was comfortable, went to the ground and got the finish.”
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Just getting the win is not enough for Jenkins, as finishing Wilk helps make his case as someone who should be moving up in the featherweight division.
“It puts a little bit of fear in my opponents when they see I have seven finishes in nine wins,” said Jenkins. “I’m not looking to go to play a tit for tat game and go to a decision. I’m looking to take guys out in there. I don’t get paid overtime for going to a decision, so I want to put the finishing touches on everyone I can.”
Jenkins (8-2) will look for his second straight win when he faces Jordan Parsons (11-1) at Bellator 146 in a 145-pound feature bout.
“He’s a formidable opponent and is someone I really want to beat up on,” Jenkins said of Parsons. “I feel it helps having a little bit of animosity towards your opponent. I’m looking to get the win and demoralize this guy. He’s someone I definitely want to put the tools to.”
In closing out 2015 with a win, Jenkins gets one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming Bellator featherweight champion next year.
“I’m a very goal-oriented person,” he said. “To set goals is big. I feel by Christmas of 2016, I’ll win the belt. I’ll go back home to Virginia and show them that I’m the champion in the division. My pants are being a little bit too heavy, so having a belt like that will do some good holding my wardrobe up.”