Former Penn State wrestler and national champion Bo Nickal made his UFC debut Tueday night as part of the Dana White Contender Series. The Contender Series serves as a proving ground of sorts for up-and-coming talent in the sport of MMA and Nickal proved he deserved to be there.
Heading into the event, Nickal was 1-0 as a professional but his lengthy combat sports career in wrestling had him ready for the bright lights in Las Vegas. After winning a national championship in Madison Square Garden, not much could faze the young MMA prodigy.
He made quick work of his opponent taking him down and submitting him n just 63 seconds and the entire sport of MMA took notice.
Ariel Helwani, MMA Fighting
Bo Nickal wins via sub in 61 seconds.
He's on a different level. He didn't even break a sweat. Obviously, he'll get signed.
How PFL or Bellator didn't throw the farm at him before this is beyond me. He's an uber prospect and will be a massive player in the UFC in short order.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 10, 2022
Greg Pickel, Penn State On3
Former Penn State star wrestler Bo Nickal just won his fight on the Dana White Contenders Series by a first period submission. Time of stoppage was 1:01.
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) August 10, 2022
Brendan Fitzgerald, UFC Commentator
Henry Cejudo, UFC Multi-Division Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) August 10, 2022
Nolan King, MMA Junkie
Bo Nickal grabs a hold of Zachary Borrego, attempts a front choke, switches to the back, and gets a rear-naked choke submission. That was the entire fight. Jest like that. #DWCS
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) August 10, 2022
Marc Raimondi, ESPN
Dana White says Bo Nickal will fight again on Contender Series and if he wins, he's in the UFC. #DWCS
— Marc Raimondi (@marcraimondi) August 10, 2022
Luke Thomas, CBS and Showtime Sports
Nickal takes the back like it was nothing after scoring an easy takedown and nearly a power guillotine. He secures the tap even with the arm over the jaw.
Still plenty of tests in front of him, but he looks like he’s got the goods, folks.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) August 10, 2022
Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders Defensive End
Chamatkar Sandhu, BT Sport
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 10, 2022