Bellator 214: Aaron Pico Plans to Use “Wrestling a Little Bit More” Following KO Defeat
By FCF Staff
Aaron Pico used his boxing and heavy hands to move into Bellator’s title shot mix at 145, but following his loss on Saturday, the prospect says he’ll be turning to his wrestling more.
Pico took on Henry Corrales in the co-main event of Bellator 214, and hurt the contender badly not long into the fight with a booming punch. Corrales managed to weather the storm, however, and in an ensuing exchange he KO’d Pico with a vicious right hook.
After the card, the decorated wrestler had this to say about the stunning defeat (quote via MMA Fighting):
“There’s really no excuses to make,” Pico 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.”
The 22-year-old Pico had won four straight fights, all via first-round stoppage, prior to facing Corrrales.