Bellator MMA signs wrestling phenom Bubba Jenkins

Bellator MMA beefs up its roster with one of the top wrestlers in the country competing at 155 pounds.

All that talk about contract clauses hasn't stopped Bellator MMA from scooping up world-class athletes.

That includes former Penn State and Arizona State University wrestler Bubba Jenkins, who amassed a record of 73-21 as a Nittany Lion before transferring in his senior year. In his final term (2010-2011), Jenkins went 21-3, defeating previously unbeaten David Taylor for the NCAA National Championship (157 pounds).

Jenkins, who will debut this summer, says Bellator is where he wants to be.

"After sitting down with Bjorn, I really felt comfortable with the opportunity laid out for me, and this is where I want to be. Bellator is doing a lot of great things right now and I want to be a part of it. I'm not here to step on any toes, I'm here to develop as an elite fighter, get my shot in the tournament and eventually compete for a world championship."

Bubba's development will be "strategic and disciplined," which means he won't be facing anyone of merit until he has his sea legs. If he's able to find success, expect him to join the promotion's lightweight tournament in the not-too-distant future.

And yes, it's a "long-term promotional agreement."

Jenkins (3-0) trains out of American Top Team (ATT) and the 25 year-old budding mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter already has three submission wins on the regional circuit.

Anyone think UFC missed the boat ... or was it too soon?

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