By now you probably know that this year’s Grapple at the Garden has an exclusive matchup in store for fans: Kyle Dake vs. Bubba Jenkins in a freestyle main event.

Last week, we profiled Dake and gave you a brief overview of his amazing career at Cornell. This week, we’re going to turn our attention to his Grapple opponent Bubba Jenkins.

Jenkins, who wrestled for both Penn State and Arizona State in college, won the 2011 NCAA national title for the Sun Devils in the 157-pound weight class. He defeated two seeded opponents en route to the finals—Paul Young of Indiana and Jason Welch of Northwestern—before capturing the crown by pinning David Taylor of PSU.

Other collegiate highlights include:

  • 2008 NCAA Division I runner-up in the 149-pound weight class
  • 2008 Big 10 Conference runner-up for Penn
  • Two-time All-American selection (2008, 2011)
  • Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team (2007)

After ending his senior year with a championship, Jenkins traded in his wrestling gear for MMA fight trunks. He is now focused on parlaying his grappling skills into success in the cage, just like Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and other notable MMA fighters with wrestling backgrounds.

Judging by Jenkins’ early results, he’s well on his way to a stellar MMA career. Through five matches, he has posted a 4-1 record with one knockout and three submissions. His lone defeat came at the hands of LaRue Burley in last month’s Bellator 100.

If there’s one thing Jenkins has proven time and time again over the years, it’s that he’s a tough competitor and true contender whether on the wrestling mats or in the cage. The Dake vs. Jenkins match is going to be one for the ages, so be sure to catch all the action live at Madison Square Garden on December 1.