“I feel it is time for me to combat for a world championship. Come on, Scott Coker, give me a shot. I’m not going to be an excellent champion. I’m going to be an awesome champion.” – Aaron Pico
HONOLULU, Hawaii (PRWEB)
April 25, 2023
Welcome again! Monster Energy congratulates Aaron Pico on defeating James Gonzalez within the featherweight division combat at Bellator 295 in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday evening. In the principle card combat, the 26-year-old from Whittier, California, went the gap for a unanimous choice win (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
BELLATOR 295: Stots vs. Mix was showcased in entrance of a high-energy crowd inside Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. The predominant card was broadcast reside on Showtime, and the Monster Energy Prelims streamed reside on YouTube. The occasion additionally aired reside worldwide to U.S. service members on the American Forces Network (AFN).
Monster Energy’s Pico (11-4) got here to Honolulu after struggling a shoulder damage and loss attributable to a health care provider stoppage in opposition to Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator 286 in October. Previously, the California native was on a six-fight victory streak. After present process shoulder surgical procedure and rehabilitation, Pico was able to return to the winner’s column.
Pico’s opponent on Saturday evening, Gonzalez (10-6) got here to Hawaii contemporary off a first-round knockout victory over Vikas Singh Ruhil on the Professional Fighters League (PFL) Challenger Series 2023 occasion in March 2023. Gonzalez took Saturday evening’s combat as a late alternative for Otto Rodrigues.
As the combat acquired underway, it quickly grew to become obvious that Pico was again from damage, absolutely centered and teeming with uncooked energy. Walking down his opponent throughout the Octagon, Pico delivered large pictures to the pinnacle and physique that did harm. Demonstrating his toughness, Gonzalez fired again with strategic kicks and breakthrough elbows within the clinch.
The second spherical noticed Pico shift the main target to wrestling, pressuring Gonzalez and controlling the combat from the highest whereas touchdown punishing physique pictures. Pico virtually secured a end after connecting a violent hook and raining punches from above, however Gonzalez returned to standing. Following a brutal knee, Pico ended the spherical with one other takedown proper earlier than the bell.
Pico opened Round 3 by clutching an early takedown, however a relentless Gonzalez used upkicks to return to the toes. More punishment from Pico included a heavy uppercut and physique shot, earlier than slamming Gonzalez to the mat as soon as once more. After a clinch in opposition to the fence, Pico demonstrated his technique and persistence by evading kick makes an attempt from Gonzalez. When all was stated and accomplished, the judges introduced Pico the winner by unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) for controlling the combat in each spherical.
“I used to be not underestimating him. He is a tricky man. He isn’t no scrub. Thank you for taking the combat on per week’s discover!” stated Monster Energy’s Pico upon successful at Bellator 295 in Hawaii.
Following Saturday’s win, Pico is ranked third in Bellator MMA’s 145-pound division. His file stands at eleven victories in 14 fights, together with 9 wins earned by stoppage: two submissions and 7 knockouts. He ties Patricio “Pitbull” Freire’s file for many knockouts within the featherweight division and is able to take a shot on the Bellator Featherweight World Championship title.
“I feel it is time for me to combat for a world championship. Come on, Scott Coker, give me a shot. I’m not going to be an excellent champion. I’m going to be an awesome champion,” stated Pico in Hawaii.
Pico beforehand competed as a wrestler and earned the title of Cadet World Champion and was additionally a two–time Junior World Championship medalist. He made his Bellator debut in 2017 and trains at Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Aaron Pico counts amongst Monster Energy’s elite MMA athletes together with Sergio Pettis, Johnny Eblen, Gaston Bolanos, Phil Davis, Valerie Loureda, Kamaru Usman, A.J. McKee, Juan Archuleta, Leah McCourt, Joey Davis,, Douglas Lima, Erik Perez, James Gallagher, ], Austin Vanderford, Jon “Bones” Jones, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, Chris “The All American” Weidman, Rose Namajunas, Tony Ferguson, Marlon Vera, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Maycee “The Future” Barber, Paulo “The Eraser” Costa, Stipe “Stone Cold” Miocic, Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, Jessica-Rose Clark, Valentina Shevchenko, Sean “Suga” O’Malley, Brandon Moreno, Daniel Rodriguez, Alex Pereira, Punahele Soriano, Gilbert Burns, Giga “Ninja” Chikadze, and Islam Makhachev.
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