Bo Nickal Not Signed To UFC Despite Performance
A three-time NCAA wrestling champion did not earn the contract even though he won the fight.
On Tuesday, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Bo Nickal, the three-time NCAA wrestling champion, finished Zachary Borrego with a first-round rear-naked choke to cap Week 3 of Dana White’s Contender Series.
Nickal quickly performed a takedown, attacked with a standing guillotine, fluidly moved to the back, and bit down on the choke that ended the bout. It happened in 62 seconds. Borrego (4-1) had little chance of winning.
Still, UFC President Dana White refrained from officially introducing Nickal to the organization and instead gave him the chance to return later in Season 6, when the blue-chip prospect trained by American Top Team could be able to seal his promotion with a second victory.
Three other contenders—Erik Silva, Clayton Carpenter, and Jamal Pogues—did secure contracts with the UFC despite being mainly overshadowed by Nickal.
The opening round of their featherweight fight saw a Brazilian fighter with a base in Costa Rica use elbows and punches to finish out Legacy Fighting Alliance veteran Anvar Boynazarov. Boynazarov (3-1) dropped out 1:32 into Round 1.
Within the opening 15 seconds, Silva (9-1) swooped in for a takedown, but the muay Thai expert to the mat and sped up. To prevent additional punishment, he dropped many elbows, pushed Boynazarov to turtle, and then let fly with punches until referee Mike Beltran decided enough was enough.