Exclusive: Tresean Gore Respects Bo Nickal For ‘Great Wrestling Career’, But ‘This Is My Sport’

Gore gives his first thoughts on his fighting Bo Nickal.

Nickal Gore
(via @nobickal1, @treseangore - Instagram)

Tresean Gore‘s next test comes in the form of Bo Nickal.

Nickal Is ‘Just Another Opponent’ For Gore

Following his first UFC win, the TUF 29 finalist is set to fight Nickal at UFC 290 on July 8th. Nickal is a three-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion but that doesn’t bother Gore one bit. Gore is treating his highly-touted opponent like any other name.

“It’s exciting and stuff, but like it’s just a fight to me. He’s just another opponent,” Gore told Middle Easy. “He’s another person that I’m gonna go through. I was very excited though, because not much so cause of his name, but more so because of the fact we’re fighting on that Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic card. [Alexander] Volkanovski, Yair Rodriguez, they’re fighting on the card.

“That’s what really excites me because that’s what I’ve been fighting to get to my whole career. That’s what I’ve been dreaming for.”

‘This Is My Sport’

For ‘Mr. Vicious’, he wants to show the top-notch wrestler that this isn’t his sport — it’s Tresean Gore’s. 

“I see a guy that I’m gonna beat. I don’t look past him. He’s had a really great wrestling career and I respect him for that. And I respect him for everything he’s done in wrestling and stuff, but this is my sport,” Gore continued. “He’s gonna have to just take this L and and he’ll get his title shot after me or maybe he’ll get that title shot against me. But I’m gonna get that. I’m gonna be champion of the world.

“This guy’s popped up out of the blue. He has all these credentials and, and all these wrestling credentials and all these people behind him that know him for his wrestling. And I’m just little old Tresean Gore from South Carolina that everybody’s looking past again.”

Gore Calls Nickal ‘Unhumble’ For Denying ‘Low Blow’ In Last Fight

Nickal improved to a perfect 4-0 record in his last fight at UFC 285. He’d quickly submit Jamie Pickett in the opening round, but it wouldn’t be without controversy. Pickett claimed Nickal had hit him with a ‘low blow’ to his crotch before taking him down.

The undefeated prospect said he did no such thing, but Gore thinks otherwise.

“It was definitely a low blow,” Gore said. And for him to deny that it wasn’t a low blow, it’s unhumble to him. Just say, ‘hey bro, it’s a accident, my bad’. He was trying to deny it, saying that it didn’t land, but clearly it did. Your opponent said it did. Do you know the guy that you said you have respect for, Jamie Pickett? He said you knee’d him in the nuts too. He was grimacing from you, kneeing him in the nuts.

“And for him to deny it was not cool, but hey, to each his own. He lives his life the way he lives his life. But it did look like he landed a low blow, going into the takedown. I’m gonna beat him and that’s just it.”

Gore Reveals Who He Wants To Fight After Nickal

Should Tresean Gore stop the hype train that is Bo Nickal, that’s not the only one he wants to derail. Gore wasn’t short on names he’d like to call out after this next fight.

“I wanna fight Khamzat [Chimaev] and that’s who I’m gonna call out. If I don’t call him out, it’s probably gonna be like Kelvin Gastelum or somebody like that. But I wanna fight the best fighters in the division or hey, don’t even cancel out that fight with Dricus Du Plessis. He’s number five in the world, too. I would love to fight that dude. Cause I know I’ll expose him.”

Published on April 10, 2023 at 5:59 pm
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