Bo Nickal is one of the most highly hyped prospects in recent history after earning a UFC deal in his second attempt at Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday.
This wrestler competes at the highest level in the NCAA and has plenty of self-assurance. Dana White warned Nickal to halt his roll before challenging Khamzat Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), but Olympic gold medalist wrestler Henry Cejudo believes Nickal has the advantage in grappling.
“Bo Nickal says, ‘I want the Swedish princess, I want the guy that didn’t make weight. That’s the guy that I want.’ I just hope he shows up. It just shows his confidence,” Cejudo said.
“Chimaev thinks he’s good in wrestling – his wrestling is nowhere near Bo Nickal, I can tell you that. He can take down these UFC guys that have never wrestled. Try taking Bo Nickal down, and 100 percent I can see Bo Nickal easily taking down Khamzat Chimaev.”
“For those who don’t think Bo Nickal is the real deal, I’m going to tell you guys right now, as an Olympic champ, as a two-division champion, I don’t even wanna say prospect no more, I think it’s just pinning whenever this guy actually becomes champion at 185 pounds,” Cejudo said. “I think if you’re able to put him against Israel Adesanya now, just according to styles, Bo Nickal beats him. He puts him to his back, controls his wrists, grapples the heck out of him, and that’s all she wrote.”