Michael Bisping believes Bo Nickal could be the ‘American Khabib’

Michael Bisping compares Bo Nickal with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Khamzat Chimaev and Islam Makhachev.

by Aryan Lakhani
Michael Bisping believes Bo Nickal could be the ‘American Khabib’
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Bo Nickal has snatched everyone’s attention; fans are eagerly waiting to see how he performs against Cody Brundage in a few hours. Fans and MMA experts will soon find out if it was the right call from the matchmakers to feature Bo Nickal in the historic UFC 300 main card.

It is worth knowing that Bo Nickal has been gifted the opportunity to fight in the main card over some note-worthy names like Aljamain Sterling, Deiveson Figueiredo, and Holly Holm. Interestingly, they are going to be fighting in the preliminary/early prelims card.

Michael Bisping firmly believes that Bo Nickal deserves the opportunity and can see a version of Khabib, Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chimaev in him.

Michael Bisping on Bo Nickal featuring the UFC 300 card

In a recent YouTube video, Michael Bisping compared Bo Nickal with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Listen, I understand why some people may have an issue with that,” Bisping said, as quoted by mmafigthing.com. “Because it seems a far more prestigious position. You’re on the pay-per-view. But if you take that logic then if you’re Deiveson Figueiredo and Cody Garbrandt, you’re really annoyed.

If you’re Jessica Andrade, you’re fuming. If you’re Holly Holm, Aljamain Sterling, the greatest bantamweight of all time — guess what? There’s not enough room for everybody because the card is that * stacked".

Michael Bisping compares Bo Nickal to Khabib Nurmagomedov

“I’ll tell you why Bo Nickal is on [the UFC 300 main card] — because Bo Nickal has the potential to go down as one of the greatest champions that we’ve ever seen, An American version of a Khamzat Chimaev or an Islam Makhachev or Khabib Nurmagomedov.

That’s the kind of pedigree that he has and has shown so far. When you reach the level that Bo Nickal has in wrestling, you’re a special kind of human being. When I speak to Bo Nickal and I interview him, he’s very aware of what he’s capable of.

That doesn’t come from a position of arrogance or anything like that. It’s just simply because he knows what he’s capable of and he knows the work that he’s put in. It’s a different level".

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