Bo Nickal, a newbie to the UFC and a highly rated middleweight prospect, is convinced that he and Khamzat Chimaev are destined to meet.
The American Top Team product and three-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion thinks he is ready to face Khamzat, who is currently unbeaten in the UFC and is being touted as a potential two-weight champion.
Nickal, who was born in Colorado, was a guest on Michael Bisping’s YouTube podcast, where he billed his upcoming bout with Chimaev as “one of the biggest fights in UFC history” and a must-have for determining the best wrestler in the company.
“Let’s go. I’m Ready,” Nickal told Bisping.
“I’m ready for him right now, he’s a good matchup for me. He’s not taking me down, he’s not doing nothing to me.“
“I’m 6 foot 1, 205lbs, I’m a full grown ‘85er’, and yeah, that’s a matchup I really really want. I feel like he’s been in MMA longer than me and is a little ahead of me in terms of the organization, but I think without a doubt we have to match up at some point.“
He added: “If he stays undefeated, keeps winning, I think that could be one of the biggest fights in UFC history. He competes really hard. He goes hard from the first whistle. He seems a little emotional to me, I don’t really know that he makes the best decision. We saw that in the gilbert burns fight, all of a sudden he’s just slangin’ and bangin’ with this dude for real no reason.
“When I watch his actual wrestling stuff, he’s basically a 25-year-old man wrestling high school kids in Sweden, there’s not really much to be said about that.”
Nickal, who is now 26, was supposed to fight Jamie Pickett at UFC 282 next month.
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