Former Penn State wrestler and national champion Bo Nickal made his UFC debut Tueday night as part of the Dana White Contender Series. The Contender Series serves as a proving ground of sorts for up-and-coming talent in the sport of MMA and Nickal proved he deserved to be there.
Heading into the event, Nickal was 1-0 as a professional but his lengthy combat sports career in wrestling had him ready for the bright lights in Las Vegas. After winning a national championship in Madison Square Garden, not much could faze the young MMA prodigy.
He made quick work of his opponent taking him down and submitting him n just 63 seconds and the entire sport of MMA took notice.
Ariel Helwani, MMA Fighting
Greg Pickel, Penn State On3
Brendan Fitzgerald, UFC Commentator
Henry Cejudo, UFC Multi-Division Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist
Nolan King, MMA Junkie
Marc Raimondi, ESPN
Luke Thomas, CBS and Showtime Sports
Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders Defensive End
Chamatkar Sandhu, BT Sport
Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire