Bo Nickal has been the discuss of the combined martial arts neighborhood since placing up a second dominant efficiency on Dana White’s Contender Collection.
Whereas many have been outraged that Nickal did not obtain a UFC contract after his first efficiency, the distinguished collegiate wrestler shared that he was okay ready. Now, formally signed to the UFC, Nickal opened up about his thought course of concerning the matter.
Talking on Brendan Schaub’s podcast, Meals Truck Diaries, Nickal shared how the success of his first skilled combined martial arts battle led to contract affords, stating:
“This was on Icon on UFC Struggle Go so clearly the UFC will get all of the numbers. They understand how every part does… It was a battle on Saturday. By Sunday morning, I had accomplished the second most views ever on UFC Struggle Go historical past. The primary present was the NELK Boys did a present… and by the second day, I handed them up.”
Nickal continued by including:
“Sunday morning, UFC’s calling, Bellator’s calling, PFL – I would already been speaking with them, ONE FC made me a proposal. Each group was like ‘let’s go, let’s run it’ and I used to be like ‘I am a UFC man’… Respect to the opposite organizations, tons of nice fighters in all places nevertheless it’s simply not [the UFC].”
It’s no shock that Nickal, one of the vital hyped prospects in current reminiscence, would wish to be a part of the highest combined martial arts promotion. Competing towards the highest expertise on the earth will permit Nickal to showcase his expertise.
Watch Bo Nickal’s feedback on selecting the UFC under (beginning on the 50:45 mark):
Bo Nickal has his sights set excessive for his UFC profession
Following his second straight first-round submission victory on Dana White’s Contender Collection, Bo Nickal proceeded to name out undefeated No.3-ranked welterweight Khamzat Chimaev. Whereas Nickal is unlikely to face Chimaev quickly, calling out a prime contender reveals the boldness of the current UFC signing. He beforehand shared his lofty expectations for his UFC profession.
Whereas a debut towards Khamzat Chimaev is extremely unlikely, it’s potential that the 2 will meet sooner or later. Talking with Shakiel Mahjouri on SHAK MMA, Nickal shared when he expects to turn out to be a UFC champion, stating:
“I might say 2024. Clearly, we’re not tremendous distant from that, however this sport – it goes quick. I’ve solely fought one time, however I anticipate to have, in all probability, 4 fights by the top of this yr and one other 4 or 5 subsequent yr, so I believe the top of 2023, it’s totally possible to see me at 10-0 after which getting as much as the place I am preventing prime contenders and getting a title shot in 2024.”
Whereas Nickal’s expectations could seem unreasonable, his stardom might result in him being quick tracked by way of the middleweight rankings. Nickal is ready to make his UFC debut towards Jamie Pickett at UFC 282 in December.
Watch Bo Nickal’s feedback on his title aspirations under (beginning on the 3:36 mark):
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