On the upcoming UFC 285 card, Bo Nickal will make his debut by facing Jamie Pickett as part of the main card.
The main event of UFC 285 is the highly anticipated heavyweight title match between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane.
But Nickal surprised the media when he backed Logan Paul to compete in MMA during media obligations leading up to the event.
“I have no doubt that he would fair super well. Obviously he’s a super athletic guy. He’s extremely talented and motivated. I think his mindset with what he’s been able to achieve in the media space and boxing, if he put his mind to it in MMA and wanted to compete at a high-level in the UFC than he would do that.”
“From my perspective and beliefs, I think for the most part with a successful individual the concepts translate over any area and anything that you are trying to accomplish. If you put the same energy and attitude into another area, then you be successful as well. So there’s no doubt in my mind that he could compete at a high-level in MMA.” – Nickal told Mirror
Nickal and Paul never competed against each other while they were in collegiate wrestling. However, they did face off against mutual opponents, which gives Nickal the belief that Paul would succeed in the UFC.
“We never wrestled but we had common opponents. Him in Ohio, which is a really tough wrestling state, a lot of the guys that he competed against in high school went on to be high-level collegiate wrestlers. I’m sure if he would have stuck with wrestling and put as much effort into that than he does in the media space then he would have been very successful in the sport as well.”
It’s no secret that Logan Paul has become a household name in the online world. With millions of subscribers on YouTube and an impressive record in professional boxing, he has shown time and again that he’s not afraid of trying new things.
But Nickal is potentially biased in his estimate – in addition to Logan Paul’s company sponsoring the UFC, Jake Paul personally sponsored Nickal.
Nickal previously clashed with Jake Paul online, after Paul issued a public challenge.
The two have since become friendly leading to the lucrative deal for behind the scenes footage of Nickal’s camp.