UFC 285 live blog: Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett


This is the UFC 285 live blog for Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett, the middleweight main card opener on Saturday in Las Vegas.

One of the most decorated wrestlers to ever join the UFC, 27-year-old Bo Nickal is quite possibly the greatest prospect in MMA history. Nickal, a three-time NCAA Division I National Champion, four-time Finalist and four-time NCAA Division I National Champion, is one of the most admired collegiate wrestlers. He has since made the transition to MMA full time after a brief stint on the senior circuit. It’s going splendidly thus far, with Nickal scoring three stoppage wins (two on the Contender Series) in three professional fights, all in less than 65 seconds. We’ll be watching to see how Nickal does in his UFC debut.

Like Nickal, Pickett twice fought on the Contender Series, but that’s about where the similarities end between the two. Pickett fell short in his first Contender Series bout, but rebounded his second time around and was then signed to the UFC, where he has gone 2-4, most recently getting stopped by Denis Tiuliulin this past September. Pickett may have to create a major upset if he wants to retain his UFC spot.

Check out the UFC 285 live blog below.