In just three professional fights, Nickal (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has already made a huge impact in the mixed martial arts scene. The star wrestler is not lacking in self-assurance; he has already challenged the undefeated champion Khamzat Chimaev.
However, Hawes (12-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is eager to put Nickal to the test when he faces Roman Dolidze at UFC Fight Night 213 on October 29.
“I’ve got work to do on the 29th, but Bo Nickal – take me out to dinner, baby. What’s up? I’m ready,” Hawes said.
“I’m ready for Bo. If he wants to get it, let’s get it.”
“Of course, he’s an elite-level wrestler and that holds a lot of weight,” Hawes said.
“But when someone is jabbing you up and someone is not afraid to get taken down, it’s a different ball game. We’re not wrestling anymore. You see some of the best wrestlers come over and they don’t do as well. But you see some who don’t have a great pedigree of wrestling do amazing.
“Like Demetrious Johnson – how many times did he take down Henry Cejudo, and Henry Cejudo is an Olympic champion? Who took down (Cormier)? Jones took him down, and Jones is only a college junior national champion like myself. So wrestling does play a big factor, but we’re fighting. This ain’t wrestling. So I can’t wait to put hands on him.”