Chris Wade embarks on his third attempt in the Professional Fighters League semi-finals. Wade is the only fighter in the organization to participate in the semi-finals all three seasons the PFL has been in existence. On Friday, August 13, 2021, Wade will enter the cage against fellow NCAA wrestler Bubba Jenkins. Jenkins and Wade both went 2-0 in their fights during the PFL regular season. This semi-final matchup will be aired on ESPN2 and ESPN+ on Friday, August 27, 2021.
Wade is coming off his first career knockout. In his second bout of the regular season, he caught Arman Ospanov with a right head kick in the second round which dropped Ospanov to the canvas and allowed Wade to leap on his foe with strikes, earning the finish.
Throughout Wade’s career, he has clearly fought the tougher competition compared to his foe. On paper, everyone will see these two fighters as wrestlers. Don’t be fooled though, Wade may be prepared for a grappling bout, but he expects it to be a stand-up battle. Wade anticipates Jenkins to come flying in strong and hard looking for a quick knockout. The PFL 3-time semi-finalist plans to weather the aggressive ambush by Jenkins and bring him into deep waters, where it has been clear in Jenkins’ two PFL regular season fights he has shown heavy fatigue in the second and third rounds.
The Islip native showed strong stamina in his two fights this PFL regular season, something that has been a hinder to his success in the past. In addition, he proved to everyone the strength of his chin. Wade absorbed many shots which most would have collapsed from, but the Long Island MMA fighter demonstrated why it’s called Strong Island.
This semi-final matchup should be a finals-type bout, and the main event of a fight card fight, but the way the scoring system works in the PFL, Wade vs. Jenkins lands as a semi-final fight. The fans are in for a treat with this matchup. Wade is currently a +160 underdog while Jenkins is a -200 favorite according to Fightodds.
Watch the whole interview as Chris Wade gives fans an insight into which sport is his true love.
The town of Islip is showing their support for their own with a banner draped across the main street in front of the classic Oconee Diner in Islip.
This fight between these two warriors had the potential to be the fight of the tournament. PFL has shown they recognize the potential of this matchup by moving it from Friday, August 13, to Friday, August 27. Don’t miss this bout as the winner of this fight, in my opinion, is the clear favorite to win the tournament.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).