Bubba Jenkins said he wouldn’t lie to the public.
The general consensus is correct: Jenkins (19-5) wants to beat opponent Brendan Loughnane (25-4) multiple times in his next fight Nov. 25 at the 2022 PFL Championships in New York.
NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion and World Junior Freestyle Champion, Jenkins has evolved every facet of his game over the past few years. Although striking and jiu-jitsu are also on display, Jenkins made it clear that Loughnane should come prepared to wrestle.
“The feeling is the same as it has been,” Jenkins told MMA Junkie and other reporters during a virtual pre-fight press conference on Tuesday. “We just work hard, chop wood, grind it. … I don’t know why he is in Thailand. It should be in Uzbekistan or Russia or one of those countries, but Thailand is a good place I guess.
Jenkins, 34, compared himself to an alligator – unafraid to fight his enemy on land but prefers to do so in water where he has a clear advantage on paper.
“One hundred percent,” Jenkins said. “We all know that. We can act like it’s not what it’s gonna be, but we’re gonna get in the cage, and he’s gonna throw stuff at me. Then I’m gonna slide and wiggle and throw him on his ass. That’s where the fight is gonna start and end. That’s the plan. That’s the main goal. He’s gonna do his best to stay out of the water, out of the choppy waters. I’m going to be an alligator, get out of the water and onto dry land with him. I’m going to do my best Movlid impression and go home with $1 million. That’s the game.”
Loughnane, 32, was also at the press conference on Tuesday and called out Jenkins for (what he perceives) to be a lack of stamina. Although Loughnane called Jenkins a “true warrior”, he also accused his opponent of quitting.
Meanwhile, Jenkins channels critical energy.
“He says I’m a three-round fighter,” Jenkins said. “I plan to go all five rounds in all kinds of wars and get that unblemished record of never being stopped on his record.”
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The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie