Brandon Jenkins toiled for eight years on the regional circuit, so he seized the opportunity when he made his debut appearance in a major promotion on Friday.
Jenkins (15-7) scored a switch flying knee knockout at 2:56 of Round 1 of the 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 non-tournament showcase match against UFC alum Jacob Kilburn (8-5) in a non-tournament showcase contest.
The fight was the first on the preliminary card for the event, which was broadcast live on ESPN+ from Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood, Fla.
“I hope so,” Jenkins said, when asked by post-fight interviewer Sean O’Connell if he thinks he punched his ticket onto the 2022 season roster. “I think I made a good first impression. … He has a nasty three-two. He likes to do a check-hook. What I did was I threw a naked kick. He checked it and then I looked low and I kneed high. I looked low, I threw the same kick, but I switched in the middle and threw the knee. Because he likes to throw the check hook and kind of put his hook behind his bicep.”
With the win, Jenkins, 29, extends his winning streak to three – a stretch of time that also includes a spinning back-elbow knockout in November 2020. Meanwhile, Kilburn falls to 0-3 in his last three including losses to Austin Lingo and Billy Quarantillo in the UFC.
Source: USA Today