Quote: ‘Everybody thinks Khamzat Chimaev is untouchable, and I know he’s not’

Khamzat Chimaev

Bo Nickal believes he can defeat Khamzat Chimaev in a battle of his own.

Nickal, who has only fought three times professionally, makes a bold claim. But the former NCAA Division I champion wrestler thinks his extensive background on the mat helps him when he fights.

When Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 pounds at UFC 279, Nickal, who had to cut weight numerous bouts during his wrestling career, questioned his work ethic.

‘Everybody thinks Khamzat Chimaev is untouchable’

“First off, this dude talks about he’s ready to go always, he’s a gangster, this and that – bro, you can’t even beat the scale,” Nickal said on “The MMA Hour.” “What are you doing? This is just a dude that has no accountability, who doesn’t treat the sport professionally. That makes me way less nervous to fight him in the future, because we’re going to fight, and I know that he’s not committed like I am. He’s not willing to do the things that I’m willing to do. Yeah, he’s talented. Yeah, he has skills. But if that’s how you approach the sport, if that’s how you treat it, we’re on different levels.

“People will act like I’m talking crazy, because I say I’m ready to go. Chimaev, let’s get it. But the reality is this dude won three national titles in Sweden and then came into MMA and has 10 fights. I’ve been competing since I was 5. I had 120-plus NCAA wrestling matches. I won a U-23 world championship. I’m coming with 10 times the experience you have. So when people say, ‘You’re not ready, stay in your lane,’ y’all don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. So you’ll see what happens once we get in the cage.”

Khamzat Chimaev’s game

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Nickal, however, is confident that he can dominate Chimaev stylistically in the same manner that Chimaev has done with everyone else.

“I don’t really see too many people that can deal with his pressure and that are going to be able to take him out,” Nickal said. “I’m the guy. I’m excited for that opportunity, because everybody thinks he’s untouchable, and I know he’s not.”

He continued, “What’s he going to do to me? Is he going to take me down? No. Is he’s going to submit me? No. Does he have a chance to knock me out? I guess, yeah, there’s a chance to knock me out. But reality, more than likely what will happen, is I’m going to drag him down to the ground, do exactly what he does to all these strikers, and I’m going to do it to him, because I’m a real grappler. I come from real wrestling. The exact thing that he’s doing to guys like Kevin Holland and Li (Jingliang), that’s what I’m going to do to him.”

Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie