Bo Nickal Secures Opponent for September 27 DWCS

Bo Nickal, Dana White's Contender Series 49
Bo Nickal, Dana White's Contender Series 49 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Wrestling standout Bo Nickal has his opponent for the September 27 edition of Dana White’s Contender Series.

During Saturday’s UFC San Diego broadcast, promotion officials announced the Nickal (2-0) will face Donovan Beard (6-1) in his second Contender Series appearance this year.

A three-time NCAA Division I national champion and three-time Big 10 conference champ, Nickal represents one of the hottest prospects in mixed martial arts at the moment. After making his pro debut on Jorge Masvidal’s iKon FC 3 earlier this year — winning via knockout — the middleweight arrived on the Contender Series last Tuesday, dominating Zachary Borrego and submitting him in just over a minute.

Borrego, who missed weight for the fight, did not have much to offer Nickal. He will likely get a tougher test from Beard, who is the current Cage Fury FC middleweight champion.

Beard defeated Miles Lee at the end of July to capture the then-vacant CFFC 185lb title.

Following Nickal’s initial showing on the Contender Series, UFC President Dana White noted that the wrestler “looked incredible,” adding that “the only reason I didn’t sign him tonight is because he’s 2-0 now.”

Should Nickal pick up another win, it’s a near-certainty that the UFC will lock up the potential future star.