Even though Nickal’s MMA record is only 3-0, he has already garnered a great deal of attention. Having earned a contract with the UFC via Dana White’s Contender Series, he is aiming high and has challenged the likes of Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and other heavy hitters at 185 pounds.
Former UFC title contender Costa (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) believes Nickal to be authentic but is waiting to see more before handing over the belt.
“The people talk a lot about Bo Nickal here in the United States, but you need to see more,” Costa said. “Of course he’s the real deal, he’s a good guy, young guy – very talented. But MMA is so complicated. He needs to prove he can fight the top guys, but not against (Chimaev).”
Costa would love to have his own bout with Chimaev.
“I wish that fight,” Costa said.
“But I think he will not fight me. He’s ducking. He’s avoiding me, he’s scared as f*ck. He’s calling out Colby Covington right now. I have his hat.”
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