Bo Nickal has excelled in professional MMA, finishing all five of his UFC fights in the very first round. Most of them via submission.
He is also a three-time NCAA Division 1 wrestling national champion…
So it may come as no surprise that, a while back, he surprised everyone in his first ever Jiu-Jitsu class – by beating every single belt level!
He revealed what happened in a recent Johnny Drinks Podcast episode:
I was doing a camp in Missouri and I’d finish the camp.
And then, this guy that I think had a kid who was I was teaching, was like: “Hey, we’re doing Jiu-Jitsu over here if you want to come and roll and stuff.
So it was kind of funny. It [the class] started off, they brought me in with like a white belt, I messed him up.
I know, like these basic submissions just from watching MMA.
And so like, I submit him and then they’re like, okay. Blue belt [comes in].
And, like, the same thing.
Then they brought in a purple belt to face Nickal:
And then they’re like all right, purple belt.
And then it’s, like, kind of competitive. But like, I’m still getting the better of him.
A brown belt was next…
He’s, like, way bigger than me.
And I’m like, whatever. I’m going to wear this dude down.
And so I just start pulling on his head. And at first he’s, like, cocky, so he’s trying to stand with me, wrestle me.
And I’m like: “No, it ain’t working out.”
So I’m pulling his head, messing him up. And then like I got him so tired that he starts pulling guard.
Like, he can’t do anything.
He’s gassed out, I’m passing his guard. And I didn’t submit him, but I’m working him and stuff like that.
And so at this point I’ve been going 45 minutes.
And finally, the black belt instructor:
The instructor, black belt, probably a 50-year-old dude, only guy in the gi.
He pulls guard immediately. He locks me down in Half Guard and he’s got a Gi on.
I’m in, like, shorts and T-shirt. So I’m stuck.
And so I’m, like – alright, I don’t know what I’m doing.
Like, I’m going to try to get my leg out. [But I] can’t get my leg out.
He tries to Wrist Lock me a couple times and I, like, freak out.
I’m, like: “Get it out [the wrist]”, and I get it done. I don’t tap.
And then I just kind of grab his head in his arm and I’m just squeezing, holding him there.
And we’ve gone for probably like 10-12 minutes.