Chris Wade isn’t fearful about what Bubba Jenkins brings to the desk.
Jenkins (16-4), an NCAA Division-I wrestling champion, kicked off his PFL marketing campaign with a bang by upsetting back-to-back featherweight match winner Lance Palmer. He adopted that up with a unanimous choice win over Bobby Moffett, which set him up in a semifinals showdown with Wade at 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 on Aug. 27.
Although the previous BRAVE CF featherweight champion has emerged as one of many frontrunners to win the title, Wade (19-6) thinks he’s been relatively one-dimensional thus far.
“Bubba’s been pretty consistent, but his consistency has been – I’m not seeing a complete martial artist,” Wade informed MMA Junkie Radio. “Inside that consistency, I’m seeing a wrestler who has a plan to carry on to any individual for 2 rounds after which quit the third spherical. With Lance – Lance received (a PFL title) twice – Lance has issues in his life happening that that battle to me wasn’t an excellent hungry Lance Palmer.
“So I don’t hold a ton of weight to that fight with him and Bubba. It was tough for me to get going after a year off, too, and fighting (Anthony) Dizy (at 2021 PFL 1), so I can’t really put too much on Lance for that. I think that was kind of a weird warmup fight to get everything going, and I’m not scared at all by that outcome that went down and how he won that fight.”
Wade has been a pleasing shock himself. After failing to make the ultimate within the 2019 PFL light-weight playoffs, Wade has dropped down a weight class and finds himself proper again within the semifinals after scoring his first-career knockout in opposition to Arman Ospanov.