One To Watch – Aaron Pico

For someone has a modest 2-1 record, you would be forgiven for thinking this guy is nothing special. In a few years time, we may all be saying that he is very special indeed. Pico, just 21, has a background in freestyle wrestling and boxing and before his pro-MMA debut was being touted as the greatest prospect the sport of MMA has ever seen.

Pico signed a long-term contract with Bellator in 2014 but didn’t make his pro debut until June 2017 at Bellator NYC against Zach Freeman. The heavily hyped Pico was heavily favoured to defeat Freeman, sadly for Pico Freeman didn’t read the script, and after getting hurt and then submitted in 24 seconds, his disastrous debut was over. Now 0-1 all the hype around Pico looked severely misplaced.

But Pico regrouped dropped down to featherweight and returned last September and recorded his first win and a highlight reel knockout against Justin Linn at 3.45 of the opening round. Pico had his 3rd pro fight on January 20th against Shane Krutchen and got another win after just 37 seconds by TKO.

Its still very early days for Pico and time will tell us just how good Pico is, but from what we have seen so far it looks like Bellator has a very serious talent on its hands.

Mark Baldwin
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