Social media reacts to Bo Nickal’s UFC contract

Bo Nickal’s UFC contract takes social media by storm

Bo Nickal has done it again. He got a second win in front of UFC President Dana White and that was enough to finally earn a UFC contract.

Bo Nickal will enter the UFC as one of its best prospects ever. Nickal may have a record of 3-0 presently but that means he has fresh enough legs to see his career take off and fly depending on how the promotion handles him.

Much like baseball and football, prospects in MMA are always talked about. The special one receives the hype and praise that Nickal has received thus far, compare it to Andrew Luck or Bryce Harper. Nickal has the pedigree with his national championships at Penn State that allows the hype to seem more real than ever.

Social media of course was a buzz with reactions from media and fighters alike.

Bo Nickal continues impressive run, earns UFC contract

Bo Nickal is one of the top prospects ever signed by UFC.

Penn State National Champion and All-American wrestler [autotag]Bo Nickal[/autotag] finally did enough to earn a shot in the UFC. He won in impressive fashion once again this time doing so against a bigger opponent with an even better record.

Last time Bo Nickal was in the UFC octagon he was making his national debut and won in 63 seconds. He faced an opponent who was several leagues below him if we are being honest and did what he was supposed to. However, on the most recent installment of Dana White’s Contender Series he faced a much better opponent. One could even argue he is the better fighter on paper in Donovan Beard.

Beard was 7-1 coming into the bout to Bo Nickal’s 2-0. Beard was another promotion’s middleweight champion, Nickal hadn’t been in a promotion for more than one fight thus far.

Needless to say, no one expected this to be as easy as Nickal made it look. He secured a quick takedown on Beard shortly after the bout began. He followed that up with securing a top mount that he used to transition to a triangle choke hold on Beard. Nickal would lock in his ankle and the whole thing was over before he could even start.

Bo Nickal needed a total of 1:55 seconds in two professional MMA fights to secure a UFC contract. The insanity in that cannot be overstated.

Nickal proved he is multitalented though. After the fight he was quick with the microphone at his disposal, even calling out current UFC rising star and top contender Khamzat Chimaev.

UFC President Dana White was asked what he notes were on Nickal and he said all he had written down was “damn.” White also added that Nickal is “special” and is going to be a great fighter after showcasing he is already well ahead of so many at the same point in their careers.

His next fight isn’t yet known, won’t be for a couple weeks one can assume, but how the UFC handles him could be interesting. It is hard to compare him to anyone else the sport has seen. Fighters like Henry Cejudo and Brock Lesnar would be thrown to the proverbial wolves almost immediately and become champions. Other fighters would take the longer path and suffer losses along the way to dirty their shine.

No matter what happens, Nickal is proving that Penn State wrestling is on another level and the type of athlete they recruit is the best the country had to offer. Nickal won’t be the last Penn State wrestler to find success in MMA, he wasn’t the first, but he has a chance to be the best and that is worth following.

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Hogs have a new all-time leading scorer, beat Auburn

Colby Hale wondered if anyone will ever break Arkansas’ new record.

Nice night for a record.

Anna Podojil notched an assist in Arkansas’ 1-0 win on Thursday over Auburn to help the Razorbacks to their first SEC win of the year. In doing so, she became the Hogs’ all-time leading scorer.

“She’s still got a year and a half left,” coach Colby Hale said. “It may be a record no one ever breaks.”

Podojil passed her former teammate at the top. Parker Goins had the record with 108 points. She set it last year. But in the 55th minute, Podojil’s cross found Jessica De Filippo who potted home the game’s only goal.

Arkansas rolled, anyway. The Razorbacks outshot Auburn, 21-6. The win marked Arkansas’ ninth straight in the series and kept the team unbeaten at Razorback Field this year. The Hogs return to SEC play Sunday when they travel South Carolina.

Arkansas drops ANOTHER Top 10 team as Hogs race up polls

At what point does Arkansas considered a contender for a deep NCAA Tournament run?

Just get out of their way at this point.

Arkansas volleyball is on a roll like no other in this, the 2022 season. The Razorbacks, which cracked the Top 25 for the first time in seven years earlier this week, beat their second Top-10 team this year on Thursday.

No. 7 Georgia Tech visited Barnhill Arena having lost only two games of their 20 so far this year en route to a 6-0 record. But after falling to sixth-ranked Ohio State on Sunday, 3-1, the Hogs went ahead and handed the Yellow Jackets a second straight loss by the same score, 3-1.

Arkansas knocked off then Top-10 team Washington in August, which, combined with Thursday’s victory gives the program their first-ever season with two victories over teams within that Top 10.

Knocking off the seventh-ranked Tech team gives Arkansas an upset over the highest ranked opponent the team has had since 2007.

The Razorbacks are back at it Friday night against North Carolina State.

Podojil earns SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors

Anna Podojil took over the Arkansas team lead for goals after a three-goal week for the Razorbacks.

Three goals in two games will do it, especially when one one of those games came against a Top-15 team in the country.

Arkansas senior forward Anna Podojil earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday, after her three-goal, one-assist outburst for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas had a 3-3 draw in Provo, Utah, against No. 13 Brigham Young on Thursday then zipped down to Phoenix on Sunday and beat Grand Canyon, 3-0. Podojil had the helper and one goal against the Cougars, then scored two of the Hogs’ three against GCU.

In doing so, Podojil took the team lead in goals with four on the season. She also has two assists, giving her 10 points, one behind team leader Ava Tankersley (2 goals, 7 assists).

Arkansas continues its stretch away from home when it opens SEC play on Friday at Mississippi State. The Hogs return to Fayetteville on Thursday, September 22 to host Auburn.

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Unbeaten no more: Arkansas hands Michigan State first loss

The Razorbacks are getting Top 25 votes and should pick up more next week after the win.

Bea Franklin’s rough-and-tumble style earned her four fouls Sunday when Arkansas played Michigan State.

That style also earned her a second goal of the season, the lone one to find the back of the net as the Razorbacks handed the Spartans their first loss of the season, 1-0, in Fayetteville.

Junior forward Ava Tankersley lined up for a free kick in the 77th minute after putting pressure on the MSU midfield and drawing a foul. Her boot found Franklin, who had to battle Spartans defenders, and the 5-foot-10 senior from Seattle popped home a header to give the Hogs the victory.

“We just knew that they had a strong keeper so somebody had to get in front of the keeper on any free kick or corner kick we had,” Franklin said. “That was my mission on that kick, and I just was able to get my head on it.”

Tankersley picked up an assist, her fifth of the season, a team high.

Arkansas has won four straight games after a season-opening loss to St. Louis. The Razorbacks picked up four votes for the Top 25 last week. They travel Thursday to Provo, Utah, to play sixth-ranked Brigham Young.

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VolleyHogs defeat highest ranked opponent since 2007

Arkansas beats No. 8 Washington 3-1 in home season opener.

It wasn’t enough, just enough, to host the highest ranked opponent. Arkansas turned the challenge into a big win for the program.

The VolleyHogs defeated No. 8 Washington, 3-1, claiming their biggest win against a top-ten opponent since the program’s win against No. 5 Florida in 2015.

The Huskies made a push in the fourth set but the VolleyHogs held their composure.

“Initially, when we came in, we were a little concerned that we didn’t have the time that we needed to prep,” head coach Jason Watson said. “Proud of our team, I thought they played well and composed themselves, especially in that fourth set when they were making a run at us, it was a little bit of a challenge there, but I thought that was really mature volleyball at the end of the match.”

This was the first time two schools played each other since 2005, with VolleyHogs owning the all-time series lead 2-1.

VolleyHogs open season against top-ten team

The Razorbacks host their first top-ten opponent since 2000.

Arkansas’ volleyball Hogs will start their 2022-23 campaign at home against the eighth-ranked Huskies of Washington.

The Huskies are the highest-ranked home opponent in the program’s history and the first top-ten season opening opponent since they took on No. 2 Penn State in 2000.

Arkansas comes into the season ranked fourth in the SEC preseason polls, the highest they’ve seen since 2014 thanks to a 20-win season last year, the first in 10 years.

Jill Gillen and Courtney Jackson return after receiving All-SEC honors from a year ago. Gillen was named to the preseason All-SEC team and Jackson was a member of the 2021 All-SEC Freshman team.

Friday’s season opener is set for 7 p.m. and Saturday’s series finale is at 4 p.m. Both matches will be streamed on SEC Network+.

Arkansas blasts Oklahoma in early-season road game

Oklahoma was left in the Razorbacks’ wake as Arkansas picked up its first win of the season.

Speed. Arkansas has it.

The Razorbacks picked up their first win of the soccer season Thursday in Norman, Oklahoma, beating the Sooners, 6-1.

It was a quality bounce-back for Arkansas, which lost its season opener last week at St. Louis. Still, the Hogs entered the game against Oklahoma third in RPI. It shouldn’t drop now.

Junior forward Ava Tankersley had three assists and freshman Ainsley Erzen had a goal and an assist. Erzen’s tally was the stuff of magnificence. Her speed – she was a track-and-field star in addition to soccer during high school in Iowa – was a problem for the Sooners backline.

Ellie Podojil, Jessica De Filippo, Makenzie Malham, McKenna Saul also had goals for the Razorbacks. Goalkeeper Grace Barbara had seven saves.

Arkansas next plays Sunday at home against Arkansas State.

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The Big Ten’s new media rights deal is here and it is massive

The Big Ten’s new media rights deal is gigantic.

The Big Ten unveiled the long-awaited details to its brand new media rights package on Thursday, and it is quite a monster. The Big Ten will enter into a new media rights deal with FOX, CBS, and NBC all having an opportunity to showcase Big Ten football beginning in 2023.

The Big Ten revealed the details of its new media rights package that will begin on July 1, 2023 and run through the 2029-2030 seasons. FOX, NBC, and CBS will all get a high-profile timeslot to feature Big Ten football, and the extra options of placing Big Ten games on FS1 and NBC’s streaming platform Peacock on top of the Big Ten Network will potentially extend the visibility of the conference in ways never seen before.

And, of course, the revenue this deal will generate is astounding. The Big Ten’s new deal is valued at $1 billion annually for a grand total rising to $7 billion over the course of the package’s lifespan.

FOX will continue to use its noon eastern timeslot to feature a high-profile game with its Big Noon Kickoff. CBS will lock in a Big Ten game for 3:30 p.m. ET in its traditional college football time slot (the SEC is moving exclusively to ESPN), and NBC will feature a Big Ten game in primetime every Saturday night.

CBS will include seven football games and regular season and postseason men’s basketball. CBS will also air the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinals and final will continue to air on CBS as it has for 25 years. Every CBS Big Ten football and basketball broadcast will be available for streaming on Paramount+ as well.

Beginning in 2024, CBS will televise up to 15 regular season football games from its initial lineup of seven games in 2023.

NBC will broadcast 14 to 16 games each season in the brand new Big Ten Saturday Night. Every NBC broadcast will be available on Peacock as well.

FOX will continue its existing arrangement with the Big Ten to televise football and men’s basketball games.

The Big Ten Championship Game will be shared between the three networks as well, with FOX getting the majority share of broadcasts. FOX will air the Big Ten Championship Game in 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029. CBS will get the game in 2024 and 2028. NBC will air the 2026 championship game.

Giving all three major media partners a chance to showcase the Big Ten is a bold strategy, and having all three networks buy in to selling Big Ten football should bode well for the conference in the next seven years.

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