Luke Rockhold, Anthony Smith and others are quick to remind everyone that Nickal may be the shining toy right now, but he’s not in the running yet.
“It’s kind of funny for me to hear these guys talking about me,” Nickal said. “It would be a bit like me bullshitting the media about a freshman in college who is 2-0 and has won two games. I would never put myself in that position like they are but, at the same time, people just want to stay relevant and I’m the big news right now and I’m the one that everyone wants to talk about so I think those guys want to attach themselves to me however they can to stay relevant and involved.
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With the new animus towards the trending middleweight, Nickal is set to make it into the main event of the DWCS Season Six Finals with even more hype than he got in early August.
Nickal has no doubt his fight against CFFC champion Donovan Beard will draw even more attention, but it won’t be a record that will last long. With complete transparency, Nickal actually wants it to be outdated.
“I actually don’t want people in the future to necessarily do worse,” Nickal said. “I want people after me to do better and bigger things, and amazing things, so hopefully I have teammates who will come after me and do even better. If I can predict that, I think that’s going to be the most important thing at this point, but hopefully other people can come along and do even bigger and better.
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