The final outing in this year’s edition of Dana White’s Contender Series sees middleweight prospect Bo Nickal looking to put on another dominant showing — and break into the UFC in just his third pro fight.
Nickal is not like other MMA prospects: his collegiate wrestling career was top notch even among top wrestlers. His transition to MMA has been stunningly smooth thus far. He trains alongside the likes of Jorge Masvidal at American Top Team.
Nickal is getting a step up in week ten, entering his second fight of this DWCS season against Donovan Beard. The reigning CFFC middleweight champion, Beard is battle-tested, but was likely losing his title fight prior to landing a Hail Mary submission in the fourth round against Miles Lee.
Can he stop Nickal’s takesdowns? How far has Nickal developed in such a shot time? Those questions were among several set to be answered in the fight.
Dana White’s Contender Series 56 takes place Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card airs live on ESPN+ in the U.S., and UFC Fight Pass internationally. Full results can be found below.
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 6, Week 10 Results
Middleweight: Bo Nickal def. Donovan Beard via R1 Submission (Triangle) 0:52
Lightweight: Sam Patterson def. Vinicius Cenci via R2 Submission (Rear-naked choke) 4:18
Featherweight: Jack Jenkins def. Freddy Emiliano Linares via R3 TKO 4:30
Flyweight: Rafael Ramos Estevam def. Joao Elias via R2 TKO 2:25
Bantamweight: Mateus Mendonça def. Ashiek Ajim via R1 KO 0:48