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Report: Bo Nickal’s UFC Debut Postponed To Early 2023

UFC fighter and Penn State wrestling legend Bo Nickal suffered an undisclosed injury and his UFC debut will be postponed, according to a report from MMAJunkie. ESPN MMA reporter Marc Raimondi later confirmed the postponement but remained mum on the injury.

Nickal’s highly-anticipated first fight will now take place in early 2023. Originally scheduled for December 12, the promotion is reportedly aiming to reschedule for March 4.

In September, it was announced that Nickal would face off with Jamie Pickett in his inaugural contest with the promotion. Though Pickett boasts a dense 12-8 professional MMA record, both of his previous two fights have been losses.

Nickal currently holds an undefeated professional record, quickly winning all three of his fights to date. In his first professional fight, the Nittany Lion defeated John Noland by knockout in 33 seconds. In August, Nickal won in his first appearance on the “Dana White Contender Series,” submitting Zack Borrego in barely over a minute. Just a month later, Nickal appeared on the show again, submitting Donovan Beard in 52 seconds and earning a UFC contract.

At Penn State, Nickal earned a 120-3 record in NCAA wrestling en route to three national championships and three Big Ten championships. In 2019, Nickal won the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award and the Dan Hodge Trophy, which annually recognizes the nation’s best collegiate wrestler.

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