Many have claimed Aaron Pico to be the next big thing in MMA, and he is not yet ready to give up on that dream after his second loss in only his sixth professional MMA bout.
Following a first round KO defeat against Henry Corrales at Bellator 214, the Californian still has big goals for the MMA world:
“I’m 22 years old. I’ve been here before. I lost my first pro fight.”
“Obviously I made a mistake by staying in the pocket too long. It was a 50/50 chance of somebody getting knocked out.”
The knock out loss came moments after Pico was able to drop Corrales less than a minute into the fight.
When asked whether he feels it may be a good idea for his next fight to be a “lesser” opponent, Pico had a strong message:
“I have to sit down with my family and figure out, do we take lesser opponents? Ok, give me lesser opponents, but there’s going to be a hefty hospital bill. Because I will really fucking hurt somebody….bad.”
Always good to hear confidence out of a fighter, especially after a loss.
An argument can be made that Pico should change his style and go with a more wrestling-first attack, considering he was one match away from securing a spot on the U.S.A Olympic team in 2016. However, make no mistakes about it: This kid can strike. He possesses rare power in the cage that we’ve havent seen in MMA. He needs to make changes, but the hype is still very much alive.
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