For Bubba Jenkins, scoring a knockout and cementing his place in the semifinals is his plan this Thursday night at PFL 4. Jenkins takes on Sung Bin Jo in a featherweight contest live on ESPN and ESPN+ from Atlanta.
PFL 4: Bubba Jenkins Wants An Impressive Finish
Over the course of his career within the PFL, Bubba Jenkins has posted five wins in the regular season without a loss. He has reached both the finals and semifinals, but has yet to secure that elusive victory.
Jenkins will try to move one step closer to achieving his goal when he faces Sung Bin Jo this Thursday night at PFL 4. The event airs live on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ from Atlanta, Georgia and the Overtime Elite Arena.
Earlier this year, Jenkins improved to 29-6 with a convincing decision victory over Chris Wade. That has him in position to advance to the final four, but he knows a finish would guarantee just that.
Bubba Jenkins Owns 10 Career Finishes
The last time Jenkins scored a knockout was in his fight prior to joining the PFL. Back in 2019, he finished Lucas Martins in the first round to defend the Brave FC featherweight title.
Jenkins did earn a submission in 2022 when he stopped Ryoji Kudo in the semifinals. While he didn’t get the finish vs. Wade, he was in control from start to finish.
“I kept my emotions intact,” Jenkins said. “I flipped the switch like I always do. I completely dismantled my opponent, dominating. I don’t think I’ve lost a minute in the regular season.
“Regular season Jenkins; undefeated like aways.”
Seeking A Rematch With Brendan Loughnane
For Jenkins, moving into the next round also means the opportunity to possibly have a rematch with Brendan Loughnane. Last year, Loughnane earned a fourth round TKO victory in the finals in New York City to claim the PFL featherweight title and $1 million.
Depending on how things shake out Thursday, the two could meet in the semis or be on opposite sides of the bracket with a finals collision in play.
“I don’t think Loughnane wants that,” he said. “I think he wants save a man like me for the finals. I get this knockout, I’m coming for any man with the strap.”
Following a standout career on the wrestling mat, Jenkins entered into the world of mixed martial arts in 2011. He scored three wins on the regional scene before joining Bellator MMA, where he went 5-1 in his first six fights.
After a second loss to Georgi Karakhanyan in 2016, he joined ACB for a couple fights and Brave FC before joining PFL in 2021.
He scored a decision over former champion Lance Palmer and followed with another decision over Bobby Moffett before falling to Wade in the semifinals. He avenged that loss at PFL and could do the same with another shot at Loughnane.