Bellator’s Aaron Pico Outlines His Advice For Younger Fighters
By FCF Staff
Aaron Pico would likely be the first to admit that his MMA career hasn’t gone according to plan, and the talented feather recently shared some advice for younger fighters.
Due to Pico’s extensive accomplishments in wrestling and Pankration, Bellator signed the now 24-year-old to a contract, before he had any pro-MMA fights on his record. The California fighter was widely heralded as one of the sport’s top prospects.
Since Pico lost his pro-MMA debut to Zach Freeman in 2017, the fighter has recorded several, impressive wins. But, he’s also incurred two more defeats.
Recently the fighter spoke with MMA Junkie, and while discussing what advice he’d give younger prospects, as they begin their pro careers, he said this.
“I think the biggest thing I would tell young kids is just take your time and don’t try to rush anything,” Pico said. “Surround yourself with a good team and there’s no need to rush, especially in MMA. Not all of us can be like Jon Jones and fight at 22, 23 years old and fight Vitor (Belfort). If there’s an opportunity that presents itself, yeah take it, but don’t be in such a rush to, ‘I gotta do this, I gotta do this.’ Just take it one fight at a time and put on good performances, focus on your training, and I think you’ll get to where you need to be.
“But if I could give one advice, just there’s no need to rush. There’s no need to be a world champion at 22. We’re not all blessed like Jon Jones at 23 years old and have the belt. It’s taken a lot of the greats some time to get the belt and another thing is, everybody’s path is different. Don’t be like ‘I need to be like this guy’ because as soon as you start comparing yourself to people, you start to drive yourself nuts.”
At Bellator 252 earlier this month, Pico stopped John de Jesus in the second round to move his record to 7-3. The fighter, who is now training out of Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has won three straight.