Bo Nickal

USA

Added to UFC 300 card
MiddleweightUFC
December 22, 2023
Nickal is scheduled to face Cody Brundage at UFC 300 in Las Vegas on April 13, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Nickal was due for a step up in opponent after tearing through both DWCS opponents and winning each of his first two UFC appearances -- all four within the first round. He'll get a slightly better test in Brundage, who is 4-4 in the UFC and coming off back-to-back victories. Both men are known for their wrestling, and while Bo's takedown numbers are off the charts over a short sample size, Brundage respectably averages 2.69 takedowns per 15 minutes. Look for Nickal to enter as a heavy betting favorite despite the step up.
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MiddleweightUFC
July 8, 2023
Nickal defeated Val Woodburn via TKO (punches) at 0:38 of Round 1 at UFC 290 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
In all of Nickal's brief professional bouts prior to this one, he dominated with world-class grappling and submission skills. Seemingly intent on making a statement, Bo changed up the game plan and nearly decapitated Woodburn with a nuclear uppercut. Arguably the greatest prospect in the history of the sport, the UFC is in a tough spot with Nickal. He's 27 years of age, so he's not a kid, but how quickly can you push a guy with four pro bouts under his belt? That said, it's become quite clear Bo is going to destroy anything less than quality competition. This story continues to develop.
Finds late replacement
MiddleweightUFC
July 4, 2023
Nickal is set to face off against Val Woodburn at UFC 290 on July 8, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Nickal has found a replacement opponent for UFC 290 after Tresean Gore withdrew due to injury. He will now face off against Val Woodburn (7-0), who will make his UFC debut in Las Vegas.
Seeking new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
July 4, 2023
Nickal will no longer fight Tresean Gore at UFC 290 on July 8, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Nickal is in need of a new opponent on short notice after Tresean Gore withdrew from their scheduled matchup at UFC 290 due to injury. The UFC is working with Nickal to find him an opponent in time for the event.
Facing Tresean Gore
MiddleweightUFC
April 7, 2023
Nickal agreed to fight Tresean Gore in a middleweight bout at UFC 290 on July 8, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Nickal made his UFC debut last month and dominated Jamie Pickett with a Round 1 submission (arm-triangle), and he'll likely remain a major favorite given his ongoing hype as one of the promotion's best-ever prospects. Gore lost his first two UFC bouts but defeated Josh Fremd via technical submission (guillotine choke) in October.
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MiddleweightUFC
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Nickal defeated Jamie Pickett via submission (arm-triangle) at 2:54 of Round 1 at UFC 285 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was as terrifying as you would have imagined. Arguably the best prospect in the history of the sport, Nickal easy powered Pickett to the ground moments after the opening bell rang and worked for the arm-triangle which eventually closed the show. It's fair to wonder how Bo is going to perform if an opponent is able to remain upright against him, but it might be a while before we see such a man come along. The UFC has a dilemma on its hands. Nickal has virtually no professional experience and thus no resume of competing against better competition, but his physical gifts are undeniable, and it's a near certainty he would destroy any mid-tier opposition. In the meantime, it was a no-brainer to award Nickal one of three $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses handed out on the evening.