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Midnight Mania highlights! Bo Nickal trucks Donovan Beard, finally earns UFC contract

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

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In his second appearance on “Contender Series,” Bo Nickal squared off against CFFC Middleweight champ Donovan Beard. Similar to his first fight, Nickal made quick work of his opponent.

This time, there was a brief feeling out process. Then, at the 30 second mark of the first round, Nickal cracked his opponent with a left hand and took him down at the same time. He landed in mount and hunted for the guillotine choke briefly. Instead, he set up a triangle, allowing his opponent to roll into top position. Moments later, Beard was forced to tap.

The whole thing took less than a minute. Yet again, Nickal clearly proved himself a UFC caliber athlete, and this time, he scored the contract as a result. Good luck, Middleweight division!

Check out the highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:


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