From the moment he declared his intention to do MMA in 2019, Bo Nickal instantly became a prospect to watch. And so far, through two amateur fights, he is delivered.
Nickal, the former Penn State University wrestling star, won Friday at Island Fights 70 with a knockout with a punch, dropping opponent Billy Goode with a hard left hand to end the fight at 2:58 of the first round.
Nickal’s performance earned praise from UFC star Jorge Masvidal, who tweeted the victory was by “manslaughter”.
Discover the finish in the videos below:
– Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) November 6, 2021
– Bo Nickal (@NoBickal) November 6, 2021
The knockout follows another arrival in his debut on September 24 when Nickal defeated David Conley by guillotine choke in the first round.
Nickal, 25, was a three-time national college champion at Penn State from 2017 to 2019. His record was 120-3 overall, which included the end of his unbeaten junior and senior years.
Nickal joins former Bellator Champion Phil Davis, Bubba Jenkins, Ed Ruth, other highly regarded Penn State wrestlers who have moved on to MMA.