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Bo Nickal can’t believe he’s not asked to fight Khamzat, claims UFC protects their star

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Bo Nickal really wanted to fight Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294. Photo via Instagram (@nobickal1)

Middleweight prospect Bo Nickal can not believe that he was not asked to step in to fight Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294.

“I was disappointed they didn’t ask me to step in there,” Nickal said on his YouTube channel. “I was expecting at least an ask like, ‘Hey, you want to to this?’ But, no. Just nothing. Nothing from the UFC. It is what it is.”

The undefeated American claimed that the promotion is trying to protect Chimaev from him.

“I’m guessing they didn’t want me to roll over into Abu Dhabi on 10 days’ notice and smash their boy in front of his home crowd or something.”

“They didn’t even ask, it wasn’t an option. Like I said, there was probably a lot that went into that decision so we’ll do it another time.”

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Bo Nickal: “I think it will be competitive”

However, despite wanting to be facing Chimaev, Nickal still believes the fight between the undefeated star and former champion Usman will be a good one.

“I think it will be competitive based on his fight with [Gilbert] Burns. I do think that he overlooked Burns, but also Usman is pretty good — a little older. I’ll definitely watch in back on the replay a few days after it happens,” Nickal said.

The fight between Chimaev and Usman will serve as the co-main event at UFC 294 on October 21.

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