Thursday, March 24, 2011

NCAA Wrestling Champions Bubba Jenkins and Jordan Burroughs, Two of MMA's Biggest Prospects, Respond to Fans

"With the NFL lockout, y'all gotta have something to watch. Why don't y'all tune in to Bubba Jenkins???"  -Bubba Jenkins

With college wrestling being a major feeder pool for professional MMA, it shouldn't be a surprise that fans would bombard this year's NCAA D-1 Wrestling Champions with questions on Facebook and Twitter. Two of this year's champions, Bubba Jenkins (157 lb., Arizona State) and Jordan Burroughs (165 lb., Nebraska) have taken to their webcams in order to respond to the endless questions and requests that they've received over the net.

Jenkins transferred his swaggerish style from Penn State to Arizona State for this, his senior year. The move proved beneficial as Jenkins, a 2008 tournament runner-up, scored an upset victory over his previously undefeated, former Penn State teammate David Taylor. Jenkins has already announced that he will go MMA. If so, Jenkins will join a list of former ASU wrestlers who have made big names in the cage: Ryan Bader, Cain Velasquez, Dan Henderson, Dan Severn, CB Dolloway, and Aaron Simpson. Fans can't wait to see the "super duck" in the cage!

This year's Hodge Trophy winner...

Nebraska's Jordan Burroughs ended his college career in Obama-like fashion -- he made winning look so easy. The Sicklerville, New Jersey native used his trademark double-leg takedown to steamroll his way through the 2011 D-1 wrestling tourney's 165 lb. division. Unlike Bubba Jenkins, Burroughs' eyes are set on Olympic Gold. Although not ruling out MMA entirely, it is clear that Burroughs plans to follow his life-long dream of becoming an Olympic Freestyle Wrestling gold medalist. Mat or cage, Jordan Burroughs' sick double-leg will always be a head turner.

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