Laugh as you will, but Bo Nickal wasn’t kidding when he called out Khamzat Chimaev.
After another highlight reel first-round finish on Dana White’s Contender Series, the newest middleweight on the UFC roster is unshakable confident he’s up to the task; but understands that, realistically, there’s little chance he’ll face ‘Borz’ in his promotional debut. Nonetheless, Nickal fancies his chances in such a matchup.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about as far as kidding,” Nickal told reporters at the Contender Series post-fight press conference. “I feel like that’s a good matchup for me. He’s obviously a high-level grappler, high-level fighter. He’s one of the top fighters not only in his division, but in the UFC. I have a lot of respect for his skills but I also know what I’m about. So yeah. At some point. I’m making my UFC debut. He’s probably fighting for the title soon. So am I going to get that fight? Probably not. But I’m ready to go. It will happen in the future. I’ll be more than prepared then.”
“He’s good without a doubt, You can’t take that away from him. He’s got skills and he does a lot of things really well. That being said, ask anybody who knows anything about wrestling and who watches the sport and studies it and puts time into it – I’m one of the best wrestlers in the world. You can go in the Penn State room, still to this day, without having wrestled a year-and-a-half, I’m still right there. There’s just a different level there.
“It’s like the same thing as putting a high-level jiu-jitsu guy in the UFC and in an ADCC competition. Yeah, I’m good at wrestling. I’m world class. It’s different. Again, respect to him. Respect again. I respect his skills, but I also know what I’m about.
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On this day in MMA…
On the 28th of September, 2001, UFC 33: Victory in Vegas took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dana White once labeled this card as the ‘worst show’ the UFC has ever had.
Featuring three title fights, and names such as Chuck Liddell, Matt Serra, Tito Ortiz, and Jens Pulver, the pay-per-view event was expected to deliver. It did not.
Of all three title fights, as well as both Liddell and Serra’s regular bouts, none ended before the final horn – it was the first time a ‘main card’ had seen no finishes in the history of the organisation.