Nickal recently made headlines after IFW media day, where the Hodge Trophy winner would tell MMA media that no UFC middleweight has 10% of the wrestling he has. Most people held their tongue or agreed with the statement, but the haters demanded he walk the statement back and Nickal will do just that but it might not be the correction they were after.
“I think I exaggerated a little bit when I said most guys only have 10% of the wrestling I have,” Nickal said. “I think I gave them too much credit, they probably only have around 1%. All these guys can say whatever they want; I know where I’m headed, I know my trajectory.
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Nickal has always been a star in the world of NCAA wrestling, but it’s a world that has never been too keen on stars being vocal. What is about to come from Nickal’s blossoming personality?
No words have merit until you’ve walked the walk in professional sports, and Nickal knows that, so for anybody thinking that all he’s done is mouth off at IFW and knock out a 36-year-old, the Nittany Lion truly hopes you have a favorite middleweight because nobody is safe.
“I’m going to say what the truth is and if people think it’s me trash talking, ok, cool,” Nickal said. “I watch more film than anybody, I study more than anybody, I’m training harder than anybody, and I’m going to take care of me. Of course, people are always going to have something to say, but I know my trajectory, I know where I’m headed in a couple years.”
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