Bubba “Bad Man” Jenkins, 31, of the United States successfully defended his belt as the reigning Brave Combat Federation Featherweight World Champion at “Brave 24: London.” It was his second victory in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion.
Featuring seven professional MMA bouts, “Brave 24: London” took place at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England on July 25, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Jenkins defended his title from former Brave CF Lightweight World ChampionLucas “Mineiro” Martins, 30, of Brazil with Marc Goddard as the referee.
Goddard put a stop to the title bout after 2 minutes and 48 seconds in the first round. Jenkins knocked out Martins, giving the Brazilian challenger his second consecutive loss in Brave CF.
“If there’s anyone who wants to take this belt from me, you have to take it from Him who gave it to me,” Jenkins said in his post-fight interview. “I am not just chosen. I am the one.”
“My destiny has brought me to London,” the Brave CF Featherweight World Champion continued. “This was my destination.”
Winning at “Brave 24: London” improved the professional MMA record of Jenkins to 14 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Martins now has 20 wins and 5 losses.
Including Brazil and the U.S., 11 countries were represented at “Brave 24: London.” The others were Bahrain, Canada, England, Ireland, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Poland, Russia and Wales.
Martins solely represented Brazil at “Brave 24: London.” It was his fourth outing in the Brave CF.
Jenkins solely represented the U.S. at “Brave 24: London.” It was his second outing in Brave CF and first title defense.
Born on February 5, 1988, Jenkins went to Arizona State University. As a collegiate wrestler, he won the 2011 NCAA Division I Championship at 157 lbs.
As a professional MMA fighter, Jenkins has been competing since 2011. Before joining Brave CF, he competed in Tachi Palace Fights, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Bellator MMA and Absolute Championship Akhmat.
On September 21, 2018, Jenkins made his successful debut in Brave CF. He challenged then reigning Brave CF Featherweight World Champion Elias Boudegzdame, 25, of France at “Brave 16” at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
After five five-minute rounds at “Brave 16,” referee Leon Roberts raised the hand of Jenkins, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the current Brave CF Featherweight World Champion: