Jenkins will make his MMA debut inside the Tachi
Palace Fights cage.
The NCAA All-American wrestler confirmed Monday to Sherdog.com that
he has inked a deal with the Lemoore, Calif.,-based promotion and
will make the move to MMA on Dec. 2, when he faces fellow
professional newcomer Chris
Huerta at TPF 11
Jenkins’ first fight will take place at 155 pounds, though the
23-year-old is expected to move down to 145 pounds for future
The 2011 NCAA Division I champion at 157 pounds, Jenkins wrestled
at Arizona State in his senior season after competing for his first
three years at Penn State. Jenkins posted a 21-3 mark in his
championship year, making his career NCAA record 94-24.
While competing at Penn State, Jenkins wrestled to a second-place
finish at the NCAA championships in 2008. Then, competing at 149
pounds, Jenkins posted a perfect 22 wins during the regular season
the following year before being hampered by injury and eliminated
from the NCAA tournament.
After red-shirting during the 2009-2010 season, Jenkins returned
the next year as a Sun Devil at 157 pounds. Following his
graduation, Jenkins signed on with the revered
American Top Team camp in Coconut Creek, Fla., to begin his
mixed martial arts tutelage.