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Contender Series highlights: Bo Nickal strangles opponent in 62 seconds — but no UFC contract

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Dana White’s Contender Series: Nickal v Borrego Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

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Just moments ago, one of the most talented wrestlers to ever transition to MMA made his way to the Contenders Series cage. Bo Nickal, a long-time training partner of Jorge Masvidal at American Top Team, recently committed fully to chasing mixed martial arts (MMA), and he’s quickly earned an opportunity to become a UFC fighter on the strength of his reputation and wrestling accolades.

His opponent, Zachary Borrego, walked to the cage as a +1400 underdog.

It took less than five seconds for Nickal to score his first double-leg takedown. He nearly wrapped up a guillotine choke moments later, instead snapping down the head and gaining back mount. Nickal fully committed to a rear naked choke that was right across the jaw, securing his second professional win in almost exactly one minute.

Check out the full highlights below:

This was exactly the type of performance most expected. Nickal’s wrestling credentials and athleticism make him a nightmare match up for anyone without similar skills or at least a ton of MMA experience.

Most thought that this type of victory would earn Nickal a UFC contract. Though three of his peers from the evening did score such an opportunity, Nickal was instead offered a chance to fight again on “Contenders Series” in order to lock down a spot on the roster.

Bad decision?

For the complete Contenders Series results and play-by-play, click HERE!


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