Bo Nickal made a statement during his appearance at the Dana White Contender Series last day. Nickal managed to secure a submission win in the first round against Zachary Borrego at the event and improved his professional MMA Record to 2-0.
Nickal was the centre of attraction throughout the event and everyone expected him to earn a UFC Contract although Dana White noted that Nickal will have to compete again at the DWCS to earn a spot on the UFC roster.
Nickal, who has an extensive wrestling background, made his professional MMA debut back in June 2022 at Ikon Fighting Championship from Jorge Masvidal and secured a 33-second knockout victory. He also holds an amateur MMA record of 2-0 to his name.
The performance of Nickal has made MMA fans compare him to former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“America, we have a Khabib” a user noted on Twitter.
Another user noted that Bo Nickal would be able to pin Khabib in just 30 seconds and that the Dagestani superstar will not be able to beat the American.
“Khabib wouldn’t beat Nickal he’d get pinned in 30 seconds,” a tweet from @declan_swain noted.
When the debate heated up, another user (@JNeverRedy) pointed out that Khabib never competed in wrestling.
“Did you just say khabib has a better wrestling pedigree than Bo? Khabib never competed in wrestling or at least I can't find anything. Bo is a 3 time national champion, won the hodge trophy and only lost to David Taylor who was a Gold medalistat at the 2020 Olympics that year,” the tweet read.
Irrespective of whether Nickal can hang with Khabib or not, he has managed to capture the attention of MMA fans across the world and it would be interesting to see what the future holds for him.
What do you think of a potential wrestling showdown between Khabib and Nickal?