“I can’t wait to compete “: Bo Nickal discloses thrilling showdown against Tresean Gore at IFC 290

UFC middleweight Bo Nickal will take on Tresean Gore for his next challenge. The middleweight rising sensation has quickly found his feet in the UFC Octagon. And with his rising stardom, he is making a mark on arguably the most prestigious MMA promotion.

As if the Middleweight division wasn’t already stacked enough, Bo won fans over with his impressive wrestling skills and fast finishing capabilities. Some even compared his rise to the likes of Khamzat Chimaev.

How did Bo Nickal come into UFC?

Nickal was heralded as one of the potential leading men for the next generation of UFC middleweights. Suffice to say that he has lived up to his name so far. The 27-year-old fighter has previously had a stellar career in the Big Ten Conference Championship.

He clinched titles on three occasions there, representing Pennsylvania State University. Moving into his next challenge, he etched his name in the amateur wrestling history books as well. Nickal won the NCAA Division One National Championship on three occasions.

Bo Nickal
Bo Nickal representing Pennsylvania State University in his amateur wrestling days

After building a name for himself, Nickal realized his dream. He enrolled in the MMA business. After making his debut back in June 2022, he has had a magnificent record of 4-0.

With a rise of astronomical proportions, it was inevitable for Nickal to register himself as one of the UFC fighters. Making his dreams come true, Nickal took the center stage at UFC 285 where he launched a brutal assault on James Pickett in his very first fight for the promotion.

Eventually, he had the last laugh within the very first round, with a death grip. Pickett capitulated and submitted to that move.

The sensation has now landed a fight against Tresean. The two will face off at UFC 290. Nickal said that he could not wait any longer for that fight. Needless to say, he was very excited about his future prospects and deemed it as the best possible opportunity going forward.

However, he claimed that he was still hellbent on improving himself as the days went by. He wanted to stay ready for any challenges. The middleweight was ecstatic with his announcement, “Alright, I’ll be fighting UFC 290, Las Vegas, July 8th, against Tresean Gore. So, [I’m] very excited for the fight.”

Henry Cejudo wants UFC to take it slow with Nickal

On the other hand, the legendary two-division champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo does not want Nickal to rush his moves. ‘Triple C’ acknowledged Nickal as one of the brightest prospects in the promotion. This is why he wants Nickal to fight at least six more lower-ranked fighters before he takes on any top-ranked fighters.

Cejudo identified one of Nickal’s weak spots as well. Despite being a former wrestler, Nickal found it hard to complete a takedown. Cejudo pointed that out, denoting the difference between wrestling and MMA. For this very reason, Cejudo wants the promotion to build Nickal up.

Nickal, on the other hand, will look to extend his winning stretch. How far do you see Bo Nickal go in the 185 lb division?


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