Val Woodburn Steps In To Face Bo Nickal At UFC 290

Bo Nickal, UFC 285
Bo Nickal, UFC 285 post-fight Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Las Vegas, NV – “The Animal” comes to the rescue as middleweight Val Woodburn, who was slated to fight on DWCS vs. Marco Tulio Silva on Aug 29, will instead go right to the main card of a PPV when he steps in to face Bo Nickal at UFC 290 this Saturday night.

News of the match-up was first reported by Marcel Dorff.


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Woodburn (7-0) has finished five of his seven professional bouts all within the Combat Night Pro promotion.

Nickal (4-0) gets to stay on the card after Tresean Gore withdrew due to injury. Nickal is coming off a submission victory over Jamie Pickett at UFC 285 in March.

Gore announced that he was out of UFC 290 this morning on his Instagram story following an initial report from Ariel Helwani. Gore fears he will need surgery on his wrist following a torn scafoid ligament.

No word on if the fight will remain on the main card at UFC 290 or if it will get bumped by a fight on the prelims perhaps the featured bout between Robbier Lawler and Niko Price.

UFC 290 takes place this Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas headlined by a featherweight title unification bout between champion Alexander Volkanovski and interim champ Yair Rodriguez.

The co-main event is a rematch between flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and challenger Alexandre Pantoja.