Bubba Jenkins leaves Bellator on a High.
No surprise really that Bubba Jenkins requested to be released from his Bellator contract. Clearly, for him, there were issues going back to Bellator 160 where he was supposed to be on the main card fighting with his old nemesis from Bellator 130 Georgi Karakhanyan (see video at the end)that he had already suffered a loss too.
Getting KO’d and not avenging his loss to Karakhanyan (Bellator 160) had to hurt but the fact that he had been relegated to the undercard that night (prelims) was probably for him a show of no faith in his ability considering he was on a 3 fight winning streak.
He had been vocal on the mmahour at the time about Bellator’s decision to change things up and though he was optimistic about making the best of the event clearly that whole issue became problematic as he had felt he had not been treated in the way that he had expected to be treated.
What ever the case, he asked Bellator for his release and they were happy to oblige him.
One tweet that got our attention was the one suggesting that he still had not been fully compensated from his fight back in August of 2016 at Bellator 160.
It certainly would appear that most of his issues go back to August 2016 and though this was 6 months ago for us it clearly has been an issue that the bellator fighter has not been able to lay to rest.
What ever the financial compensation was surrounding that fight card Jenkins has clearly not been happy about it and he has not fought for the promotion since that date.
It is always sad to see fighters leave on a sour note especially as fighters pay has been one of the biggest issues of 2016 across the biggest promotions and perhaps the nail in the coffin that sealed the deal as to why he felt the Promotion was mishandling him as a fighter.
Although this is sad news for fight fans as Jenkins is both charismatic and a great fighter he seems to be in the best of spirits about his departure and sent out the following tweets to his fans to both re-assure them and show his gratitude. For Jenkins this is just an end to one chapter of his Journey and he seems positive about his future.
The 29 year old fighter has won 7 of his last 9 fights and up until Bellator 160 was on a 3 fight winning streak.
This is what Jenkins had to say to his fans:
Where and what is next for Jenkins remains to be seen but for now he seems content with his decision to part ways with the Bellator promotion, let’s hope he lands on his feet and get’s back to doing what he does best because too many talented fighters are often over looked just before they are about to come into their own and discover real greatness in their careers.
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