What’s next for Aaron Pico after his most recent loss at Bellator 214?
Aaron Pico has been tagged as MMA’s next great superstar and a future champion for quite some time now.
The 22-year-old is currently signed with Bellator, and is often discussed as one of the young fighters who shows immense potential. Although his 4-2 record may not seem to be all that imposing, he is still a talented young fighter with much promise and even more talent and skill. His last fight was at Bellator 214, which ended with a vicious KO where Pico ended up being on the wrong end of. Pico was actually just as close to winning the fight as he was losing. Pico badly hurt Henry Corrales with punches, something we have started to become accustom to from him. Pico chased the finish, rushed in, and was dropped by a wobbled Corrales before he had even recovered fully. Pico was unconscious before he hit the canvas.
So, what happens next for a fighter with so much hype behind them after a loss in that fashion?
It is rare for any sort of competitor to be undefeated in their career, but a loss can rattle an individual’s confidence, kill the hype behind them, and shift momentum. For Pico, this should not be the case. He is young, and relatively inexperienced in the field of MMA. Pico has an incredible resume when it comes to boxing, where he has won championships in different tournaments around the world, and is a champion in all three types of wrestling at different levels of competition too. Pico just needs to learn how to better blend his skill sets together, something Pico already recognizes.
What I mean by that is, we have not seen much of his wrestling in MMA because his boxing has been doing the trick. Pico has multiple highlight knockouts on his resume already, and he is only 22 years old. Basically, he hits really hard. He may have fallen in love with his power, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Live by the sword and die by the sword. If you are willing to stand and punch, you are more than likely to also get punched. It seems to hold true, no matter how tough your chin is, it only takes one punch.
You are only as strong as your weakest quality in the fight game, but Pico is very well-rounded with his boxing and wrestling from a young age, and has trained jiu-jitsu with Eddie Bravo, meaning he is well versed in some of the most important aspects of MMA. Pico is part of the new generation of fighters that have been training in multiple disciplines since a young age, he was wrestling by the age of 4 and boxing at age 9.
Believe in Aaron Pico. He will undoubtedly take his time off and study the holes in his game to fix them. You make a mistake and learn from it and apply that lesson going forward. The loss is not a defeat, it is a lesson. I expect the next Aaron Pico we see, to be the best version of Aaron Pico yet.
So, what is next for Aaron Pico after this loss? My thought is, business as usual. Line up the next competitor after some well deserved and earned time off.
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