Aaron Pico is a rising superstar in not just in Bellator but all of MMA. At Bellator 214, Pico was set to fight Henry Corrales in the co-main event, where many expected if Pico won he would be getting the next title shot.
To start the fight, Pico looked solid and dropped Corrales. Unfortunately for Pico, instead of remaining relaxed and waiting for the right opportunity to strike, he went for the knockout. Corrales then got up and got into the clinch in which Pico was attacking the body before Corrales landed a punch which knocked Pico out cold. It is Pico’s second loss as a pro.
Surprisingly, Pico spoke to the media following the fight. He knows he could have won that fight if he took his time, but his inexperience showed.
“There’s really no excuses to make,” he said. “I felt good out there. My training camp went well. I hit him. I think I have so much power in my hands, I don’t realize I knock people down. It happened so fast. Obviously, I made a mistake by staying in the pocket too long. It’s a 50/50 chance of somebody getting knocked out. That sucks, it sucks bad. But hey, I’m 22 years old, I don’t have this figured out yet. It’s something that needs to be slowed down for me. I need to use my wrestling a little bit more and we’ll go from there. We’ll go back to the drawing board.”
“I just need to take my time,” Pico added. “I haven’t gotten to use my wrestling because I’ve been knocking all these people out, but it’s a learning lesson against these veterans, they’re able to endure the shots and find their spots and weather the storm a little bit.”
Now, it is back to the drawing board for Pico. All the skills are there to be a world champion, he just needs to know when to use what. Pico knows he will be back but may have to take a step down in competition for his next fight.
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