Bo Nickal’s official UFC debut isn’t until December’s UFC 282 against Jamie Pickett, but he already has a short list of potential foes lined up. Nickal has lofty goals, and the moment he signed with the UFC, he challenged Khamzat Chimaev, an undefeated competitor. There are new betting odds for this possible clash, and they may not be as lopsided as one might expect given the experience gap.
Chimaev is a slight -300 favorite to win, while Nickal is a slight +250 underdog, according to online gambling site Sportsbetting.ag. According to the site, the deadline for making this match valid is September 30, 2023.
Although he is just 3-0 as a professional, the three-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion has finished his opponents in the opening round each time, requiring less than half a round of cage time. In Bo’s case, the early success has lived up to the expectations, but the same cannot be said about Khamzat’s brilliant career. Chimaev has a perfect record of 12-0, having never lost a single one of his tests (except for the scale, of course).
I was wondering what you felt of the line they are offering. If they don’t change, do they have any credibility? Do you think Nickal is a live dog to beat Chimaev at current odds? Perhaps you’re of the opinion that Bo’s inexperience necessitates taking a more generous attitude against the more seasoned Khamzat. In any case, I think it’s safe to say that everyone here hopes this pairing comes to fruition.