Dana White details the decision to snub Bo Nickal At DWCS.
Dana White’s Contender Series week 3 consisted of three contracts being awarded to Clayton Carpenter, Erik Silva, and Jamal Pogues, but the eyebrow-raising moment of the night was after a dominant submission finish by the world-renowned prospect. Bo Nickal was offered another opportunity to fight a tougher opponent later on in the season instead of earning a UFC contract.
“I don’t know what else he could have done to look any better, he looked incredible. The only reason I didn’t sign him tonight is because he’s one he’s 2-0 now,” White said.
The UFC president was fairly impressed by the welterweight prospect’s showcase but believes a test is needed for a UFC contract to be earned. Nickal has made easy work in two bouts finishing both opponents for a combined ring time of 1:35.
“We got eight more weeks of this why not have them fight here again. I mean it just makes sense,” White said.
Nickal’s collegiate wrestling accolades, name recognition, and now two finishes in the infancy of his career will have everyone tuning in when he enters the UFC octagon again on a Tuesday night in one of the upcoming seven weeks.
Dana White would have signed Bo Nickal if there was pushback
When asked whether he would have signed Nickal if UFC executives and matchmakers persuaded him of the idea, he said he would have agreed to a contract for the 185-pounder.
“If there was hardcore pushback, and they wanted it that bad, and they believed that strongly about it I would probably do it,” White told the media.
The lack of a signing of Nickal from the UFC is due to a lack of experience.
White earlier in the night mentioned that he had heard of the Penn-State three-time national champion but it was his first time seeing him fight.
“If he wasn’t who he is and he wasn’t a 3000-1 favorite I would never sign him at 1-0. I wouldn’t do it,” White said.
The UFC president referenced the former heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, as an example of how rare it is to sign a fighter at the beginning of their career. The WWE superstar was signed to the UFC with a 1-0 record in 2008.