Uber prospect Bo Nickal has second UFC bout set for UFC 290

Bo Nickal will fight at UFC 290.

By: Anton Tabuena | 2 months ago
Uber prospect Bo Nickal has second UFC bout set for UFC 290
March 4, 2023, Las Vegas, NV, LAS VEGAS, NV, USA: LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 4: Bo Nickal celebrates his victory over Jamie Pickett in their Middleweight fight during the UFC 285 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 4, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Las Vegas, NV USA - ZUMAp175 20230304_zsa_p175_219 Copyright: xLouisxGrassex

Decorated wrestler and uber prospect Bo Nickal has his second UFC bout set after his successful debut last March. The three-time Division I wrestling champion announced that he will be part of UFC 290.

Nickal vs Gore at UFC 290

“I’ll be fighting at UFC 290, Las Vegas, July 8th, against Tresean Gore,” Nickal revealed on an interview with Betr. “Very excited for that fight. I’m fired up. I can’t wait to compete.

“It’s gonna be another big card, good opportunity for me. The main thing is, I’m focused on getting better every single day, and when it comes to perform, I’m gonna perform to my best.”

Who is Bo Nickal’s next UFC opponent, Tresean Gore?

Nickal won his UFC debut against Jamie Pickett, who he finished with a first round arm-triangle choke to improved to 4-0 in his young MMA career. He passed that test, but is Gore a step up in competition?

Let’s just say that Nickal isn’t being fed to the wolves, with the hyped prospect getting an appropriate match up and much needed time to develop at this stage.

Pickett doesn’t have the best MMA record at 13-9, but he had six UFC fights and two DWCS bouts before getting the Nickal fight. Gore is a TUF 29 veteran, who is only 1-2 in the UFC, having lost his first two bouts since his Ultimate Fighter stint. He at 4-2 overall in MMA, and is at least coming off a particularly brutal submission win in his last UFC bout against Josh Fremd.

As Nickal mentioned, UFC 290 is planned to be a big event on “International Fight Week.” The only other bout booked for the July card is the featherweight title unification bout between Alexander Volkanovski and interim champ Yair Rodriguez.

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Anton Tabuena
Anton Tabuena

Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

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