Jorge Masvidal has revealed that he has been improving his wrestling. He also stated that he trained with Bo Nickal’s father to further hone his skills ahead of UFC 287.
UFC welterweight star Jorge Masvidal is currently going through a rough patch in his mixed martial arts career.
‘Gamebred’ has suffered three consecutive losses in his latest matches, two of which were against former champion Kamaru Usman, and the most recent one was against his teammate Colby Covington in March of last year.
The 38-year-old is scheduled to return to the octagon at UFC 287 in April. He will be featured in the co-main event and will face ranked number 5 Gilbert Burns.
Burns is not to be underestimated, as he possesses a great skill set in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has KO power. In April of last year, he almost defeated Khamzat Chimaev in a slugfest battle, and in his latest outing, he easily defeated Neil Magny via first-round submission.
In preparation for his upcoming event, Masvidal has chosen to hone his wrestling skills. He has even hired Bo Nickal’s father to help him improve.
“But while I’m learning techniques I’m flying in different coaches across the country just to come wrestle with me… Work from the basics, work from zero, all the way up. And that’s what I’ve been doing in the last six months. Just like bringing in phenomenal coaches.” Masvidal said on his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience.
He added, “Bo Nickal’s dad Jason Nickal came out like six weeks just helping me out. And this is a guy that Bo Nickal gives a ton of credit.”
Bo Nickal is a UFC middleweight rising star who is currently 4-0. He is a dominant wrestler and a promising athlete who was featured in the main event on his first UFC bout.
The 27-year-old was a freestyle and folkstyle wrestler who won the 2019 U23 World Championship and the US Open National championship. He was also a three-time NCAA Division I National Champion.
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