Video: Highly touted Bo Nickal lands devastating one-punch KO in second amateur MMA fight

From the moment he declared his intention to do MMA in 2019, Bo Nickal instantly became a prospect to keep an eye on. And so far, through two amateur fights, he’s delivered.

Nickal, the former Penn State University wrestling star, won Friday at Island Fights 70 with a one-punch knockout, dropping opponent Billy Goode with a hard left hand to end the fight at the 2:58 mark of the first round.

Nickal’s performance earned praise from UFC star Jorge Masvidal, who tweeted the win was by “manslaughter.”

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Check out the finish in the videos below:

The knockout follows up another finish in his Sept. 24 debut when Nickal defeated David Conley by first-round guillotine choke.


Nickal, 25, was a three-time collegiate national champion at Penn State from 2017 to 2019. His record was 120-3 overall, which included finishing his junior and senior years without a loss.

Nickal joins the likes of former Bellator champion Phil Davis, Bubba Jenkins, Ed Ruth other highly touted Penn State wrestlers who have transitioned to MMA.