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Jeremy Kennedy discusses his victory over Aaron Pico at Bellator 286

Jeremy Kennedy has plenty of experience throughout the fight game, however Bellator 286 brought a first for his career.

Kennedy spent weeks preparing for a major opportunity in Bellator’s featherweight division as he entered the fight ranked No. 7 and his opponent  Aaron Pico came into the fight ranked No. 3.

In his preparation, Kennedy worked on all aspects of his game including takedowns and ground-and-pound. As it turns out that preparation played a major role in his fight as Kennedy was able to secure a takedown and dominate the opening round.

In the mist of that, something happened that Kennedy didn’t realize.

Pico threw several punches at Kennedy early in the round and at some point his shoulder would pop out of place. In fact, while Kennedy’s head was down as he worked for a takedown, Pico tried using the cage for leverage to pop his shoulder back into place.

Unaware of what happened or Pico’s injury, Kennedy went back to his corner and remained focused as he knew he was scheduled for 10 more minutes of action. Those minutes never came.

While Kennedy was getting advice from his corner, Pico was having his corner try and pop his shoulder back into place. After seeing the reaction in the corner, the referee called in the cage side doctor, who examined Pico and waved off the fight.

The win marked No. 18 of Kennedy’s career and it is safe to say it is the oddest of his career as well. Nonetheless, Kennedy is happy to get out of the fight injury free and he hopes to fight in a title elimination fight next.

In fact, Kennedy has the perfect matchup for it as he wants to go overseas to Dublin and fight Pedro Carvalho in his back yard.

Following his win over Pico, Kennedy spoke with MyMMANews to discuss the strange victory, how he views his roadmap towards the Bellator featherweight title and his success since moving from Canada to Las Vegas to train at Xtreme Couture.

You can watch his full interview in the video above.

A full list of results from Bellator 286 are listed below:

Patricio Freire defeated Adam Borics via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45)

A.J. McKee defeated Spike Carlyle via unanimous decision (29-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Jeremy Kennedy defeated Aaron Pico via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00

Juan Archuleta defeated Enrique Barzola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Mike Hamel vs. Max Rohskopf – fight cancelled – Rohskopf not medically cleared

Bobby Seronio III defeated Miguel Peimbert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Islam Mamedov defeated Nick Browne via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jay Jay Wilson defeated Vladimir Tokov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Khalid Murtazaliev defeated Khadzhimurat Bestaev via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:02

Sumiko Inaba defeated Nadine Mandiau via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Weber Almeida defeated Ryan Lilley via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Lance Gibson Jr. defeated Dominic Clark via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:49

Cee Jay Hamilton defeated Richard Palencia via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 2:12

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