Val Woodburn Steps Up on Short Notice for UFC Debut Against Bo Nickal at UFC 290

Val Woodburn Steps Up on Short Notice for UFC Debut Against Bo Nickal at UFC 290

In a surprising turn of events, Val Woodburn has accepted the challenge to face Bo Nickal at UFC 290 on just five days’ notice. Let’s take a closer look at this intriguing matchup.

A Last-Minute Replacement

Val Woodburn (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step directly into the spotlight as he makes his UFC debut on one of the promotion’s most significant cards of the year. He will replace the injured Tresean Gore, who was originally scheduled to fight Bo Nickal (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a middleweight clash. The fight will take place on the main card of UFC 290 at the renowned T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Late Notice Announcement

Although an official announcement from the UFC is pending, sources close to the matter revealed that the matchup was confirmed. The news was initially reported by Eurosport NL, and Bo Nickal himself confirmed his participation on social media following Gore’s unexpected withdrawal.

Val Woodburn’s Impressive Resume

Woodburn, 29, was initially slated to compete on “Dana White’s Contender Series” on August 29 against Marco Tulio. However, fate had different plans for him. As the current middleweight titleholder for Combat Night, a respected Florida regional promotion, Woodburn has displayed his skills with seven professional fights, including five TKO stoppages.

Bo Nickal’s Rising Stardom

Bo Nickal, 27, burst onto the MMA scene in 2022 with two consecutive victories on Dana White’s Contender Series. His sensational run continued in March when he made his promotional debut at UFC 285, submitting Jamie Pickett in under three minutes. Nickal’s explosive potential has caught the attention of fans and experts alike.

UFC 290 Full Lineup

In addition to the exciting clash between Val Woodburn and Bo Nickal, UFC 290 features a stacked card with some of the biggest names in the sport. The main event will see featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defend his title against Yair Rodriguez, while Brandon Moreno defends his flyweight title against Alexandre Pantoja. Other notable bouts include Dricus Du Plessis vs. Robert Whittaker and Dan Hooker vs. Jalin Turner.

Anticipation Builds

As fight night approaches, the anticipation for Val Woodburn’s UFC debut against the talented Bo Nickal continues to grow. Fans are eager to witness this unexpected clash and see if Woodburn can seize the opportunity and make a statement on short notice.

UFC 290 Fight Card


  • Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez – featherweight title fight
  • Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja – flyweight title fight
  • Dricus Du Plessis vs. Robert Whittaker
  • Dan Hooker vs. Jalin Turner
  • Bo Nickal vs. Val Woodburn


  • Robbie Lawler vs. Niko Price
  • Jack Della Maddalena vs. Josiah Harrell
  • Denise Gomes vs. Yazmin Jauregui
  • Jimmy Crute vs. Alonzo Menifield


  • Edgar Chairez vs. Tatsuro Taira
  • Vitor Petrino vs. Marcin Prachnio
  • Terrence Mitchell vs. Cameron Saaiman
  • Jesus Aguilar vs. Shannon Ross
  • Kamuela Kirk vs. Esteban Ribovics

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