Well, it’s not Logan Paul or Khamzat Chimaev, but Bo Nickal has booked his first fight in the UFC.
The former three-time national champion Penn State wrestler, who started transitioning to mixed martial arts in 2019, earned a contract with the biggest promotion in the sport after picking up his second finish of the year on Dana White’s Contender Series Tuesday.
And on Thursday, his first bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship was finalized. According to ESPN’s Brett OkamotoNickal will take on six-fight UFC veteran Jamie Pickett at UFC 282, taking part in the company’s final pay-per-view of the year on December 10 in Las Vegas.
Pickett also earned his UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender, punching his ticket in 2020 with a knockout of Jhonoven Pati. He has a 13-8 record overall, and is 2-4 in the UFC, with his most recent loss coming via submission to Denis Tiuliulin on September 10.
Nickal is 3-0 as a professional, with his most recent win in the first minute triangle choke submission win over Donovan Beard on Tuesday. Before that, he submitted Zack Borrego with a rear-naked choke 1:02 into their Dana White’s Contender Series fight in August.
A headliner has yet to be officially announced for that pay-per-view.
Nickal is considered one of the greatest prospects to ever enter the sport, with his wrestling pedigree almost unmatched in the UFC’s history. Champions and former title-holders like Henry Cejudo, Daniel Cormier and Aljamain Sterling have all sung his praises, and Nickal himself says he believes he can become the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
He’ll have a chance to prove he’s worth the hype in December.