Bo Nickal is confident he can outwit Khamzat Chimaev.
Having cut weight numerous times for wrestling, Nickal took aim at Chimaev for failing to make weight by 7.5 pounds at UFC 279, criticizing the latter’s dedication to training.
“First off, this dude talks about he’s ready to go always, he’s a gangster, this and that – bro, you can’t even beat the scale,” Nickal said.
“What are you doing? This is just a dude that has no accountability, who doesn’t treat the sport professionally. That makes me way less nervous to fight him in the future, because we’re going to fight, and I know that he’s not committed like I am. He’s not willing to do the things that I’m willing to do. Yeah, he’s talented. Yeah, he has skills. But if that’s how you approach the sport, if that’s how you treat it, we’re on different levels.
“People will act like I’m talking crazy, because I say I’m ready to go. Chimaev, let’s get it. But the reality is this dude won three national titles in Sweden and then came into MMA and has 10 fights. I’ve been competing since I was 5. I had 120-plus NCAA wrestling matches. I won a U-23 world championship. I’m coming with 10 times the experience you have. So when people say, ‘You’re not ready, stay in your lane,’ y’all don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. So you’ll see what happens once we get in the cage.”
“I don’t really see too many people that can deal with his pressure and that are going to be able to take him out,” Nickal said.
“I’m the guy. I’m excited for that opportunity, because everybody thinks he’s untouchable, and I know he’s not.”