Three-time NCAA wrestling champion Bo Nickal books amateur MMA debut September 24
One of the most decorated varsity wrestlers in recent history will officially transition to MMA on September 24 as Penn State Grand Champion and three-time NCAA Champion Bo Nickal booked his first fight.
Nickal made the announcement Thursday with a bout booked on a boxing / MMA hybrid card in Pensacola, Fla., Which is set to air live on FITE TV. He will face 1-0 amateur fighter David Conley as part of the show’s undercard with a boxing match between YouTube celebrity Supreme Patty and rapper John Gabbana in the latest celebrity showdown in combat sports. .
As for Nickal, he will fight for the first time since he declared his intention to move to MMA after his dominant college run, which ended with his third NCAA title when he closed the 2019 tournament. with a victory over Ohio State wrestler Kollin Moore. .
Nickal won NCAA titles in two different weight classes – 197 and 184 pounds – and was one win away from winning a fourth title at 179 pounds in his freshman year.
After a very successful campaign in college, Nickal turned to the international wrestling circuit where he hoped to try to make the 2020 Olympic squad before fully focusing on fighting.
Sadly, Nickal met compatriot Nittany Lion David Taylor in the 86kg final, which put him out of the race for the Olympics. Taylor went on to win a gold medal at the Tokyo games.
While until recently focused on the Olympics, Nickal had previously trained to make his MMA debut and opened his own American Top Team affiliated gym in Pennsylvania.