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Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett Back on for UFC 285 on March 4

Bo Nickal weighs in on Dana White’s Contender Series 49 Photo credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

After a fight late last year, Bo Nickal’s highly anticipated UFC debut will take place at UFC 285 this March.

Nickell (3-0) will face Jamie Pickett (13-8) in a middleweight bout on March 4, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada, keeping the fight as it is.

mixed martial arts enthusiast was the first to report the new date, shortly after the original date fell through. UFC officials announced the fight, along with several others, in a press release issued Wednesday.

Before their scheduled date at UFC 282 last month, Nickal was a highly decorated collegiate wrestler but was forced to withdraw due to injury.The 26-year-old player is Dana White’s Contenders Series Last year, appeared twice and completed two races.

While his debut on the show was arguably enough to earn him a contract with the company, due to his inexperience, Dana White opted to bring him back, allowing him to gain additional combat experience in the process. But there’s no question that since Nickal first stepped into MMA last year, he belongs in the big leagues.

Through three victories, Nickell has amassed less than five minutes of actual combat time. His longest outing was 62 seconds. He made two submissions, both in the Contenders series, and was eliminated in that span.

Pickett, aka “Night Wolves,” has suffered back-to-back losses in 2022 to rivals Kyle Dawkoss and Dennis Tuliulin. A six-fight UFC veteran with more than 20 fights in his career, Pickett marks a pretty big step for the potential Nickell.

UFC 285, scheduled for March 4, 2023 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will see the return of light heavyweight great Jon Jones, who will now turn to heavyweight. The card currently has the following combat reports:

  • Jon Jones vs. Cyril Gunn – for UFC heavyweight champion
  • Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso – UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion
  • Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Jeff Neal
  • Derrick Brunson vs. Dricus Du Plessis
  • Jamie Pickett vs. Bo Nickell
  • Julian Marquez vs. Marc-André Barriott
  • Viviane Araujo vs. Amanda Ribas
  • Cody Garbrandt vs. Julio Arce
  • Jessica Payne vs. Tabatha Richie
  • Farid Basharat vs. Da’Mon Blackshear
  • Kamuela Kirk vs. Esteban Ribovics

Brazil Outlets Combate It was also reported that a women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana was underway on March 4.

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