Bo Nickal, the NCAA wrestling national champion, recently burst onto the MMA scene by way of the Dana White Contender Series. Nickal finished both of his opponents this season early in the first round and did it without getting a scratch on him.
Bo Nickal’s wrestling is incredibly high level, obviously, but he surprised me in his last appearance with an overhand that almost took his opponent out, then he finished him via sub. Afterwards, Nickal got signed to the UFC and started talking about a Khamzat fight.
While it’s true if he wants to get to the title and 185, he’ll probably eventually have to fight Khamzat because Khamzat is probably going to middleweight. But it’s clear that Nickal is jumping the gun a bit. Khamzat just finished one of my favorite fighters, Kevin Holland, quick in first round. Could Bo Nickal even beat Holland? At this point, probably not.
He is a character, and it will be fun to watch his career. Bo turning his nose up to prelims is pretty hilarious. He is definitely a name that will be in big fights in the future and it’s exciting to have a prospect like him in a promotion as big as the UFC.