Bo Nickal, former Penn State wrestler, made his professional MMA debut a couple of weeks ago. Since then, he has gotten a lot of new attention including from the major league of the sport, the UFC.
He made his debut on current UFC B.M.F title holder Jorge Masvidal’s promotion, iKon FC. He won that bout in just 30-seconds against a journeyman fighter and from there he started the hype train. After a few weeks, it appears he has done and said enough to get the UFC interested.
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His fights will begin on July 26th on Dana White’s Contender Series. For those unfamiliar, the president of the UFC is Dana White, and every summer he offers one-fight contracts to fighters. The fights run for ten weeks through September so while we know he will fight during that time, we don’t know exactly when.
Now as for the fighters, they come to the promotion’s personal arena and if they win and impress him, he offers them a long-term contract. Nickal’s background that he earned at Penn State under Cael Sanderson should be plenty enough to help him.
If he wins impressively, Dana White has signed Penn State wrestlers before in Phil Davis, count on that happening again potentially.
Now just to recap the insane wrestling career he had, Nickal was a national champion and Big Ten champion his last three years on campus. He also won a world title at 202.8 pounds on the world stage. Overall, he finished his college career on a 61-match win streak that would end his record at 120-3 overall. Even for Penn State and all of their successful wrestlers that is a very impressive number to have on his resume.
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