On Saturday night at UFC 290, Bo Nickal announced himself to the world on one of the biggest stages possible. As one half of the opening bout on the main card for International Fight week, Nickal was thrust into the Octagon with fellow undefeated prospect, albeit of a much lower level of hype, Val Woodburn. While Nickal was undoubtedly a massive (historic) favorite heading into the bout, few believed that he would emerge victorious in the manner in which he did so. A hugely decorated wrestler, Nickal would rely on none of his trademark skills which have brought him so far in the world of combat sports and would instead rely on his hands in order to secure a first round finish via TKO just 38 seconds into the fight.
WINTRUST ARENA-CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-Bellator MMA kicked off Bellator 297 with a bang with a massive 11-fight preliminary card. With the Windy City crowd behind them, here are the best performers from the preliminary action.
After a month away from action, Bellator MMA returns to the Windy City once again with a massive 16-fight card. The night will be capped off with a pair of title fights as Sergio Pettis returns to in-cage competition for the first time in 18-months as he looks to defend his bantamweight title against Bellator all-time great Patrício Pitbull in the co-main event. The main event will feature a showdown at light heavyweight as "The Soldier of God" Yoel Romero pushes for championship gold perhaps for the last time as he challenges incumbent champion Vadim Nemkov.
For the last 10 years or so, the UFC has held an iron like grip over the MMA market. This grip however has begun to be tested over the last several years with the continued improvement of organisations such as Bellator and ONE Championship and particularly the formation of the Professional Fighters League also known as the PFL. This article will highlight three reasons as to why the establishment of the PFL should be providing a major headache to Dana White and how the UFC may have found themselves a challenger to their throne.