Highly Touted MMA Wunderkind Aaron Pico Looks to Rediscover His Mojo

Touching four corners. When Aaron Pico says that, it’s not a reference to the geographic dot where four different states come together, not far from his new training headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico…

Touching four corners. When Aaron Pico says that, it’s not a reference to the geographic dot where four different states come together, not far from his new training headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico…

Aaron Pico Sings With Ali Abdelaziz & Dominance MMA

Famed mixed martial arts (MMA) manager Ali Abdelaziz has inked another notable fighter to his Dominance MMA team. According to Damon Martin of MMA Fighting, Bellator featherweight star Aaron Pico has signed on with Abdelaziz and Dominance. Abdelaziz offered a brief statement on signing Pico. “Aaron has so much raw talent, one of the most […]

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Famed mixed martial arts (MMA) manager Ali Abdelaziz has inked another notable fighter to his Dominance MMA team.

According to Damon Martin of MMA Fighting, Bellator featherweight star Aaron Pico has signed on with Abdelaziz and Dominance. Abdelaziz offered a brief statement on signing Pico.

“Aaron has so much raw talent, one of the most talented fighters I’ve ever seen. He will become Bellator champion but it will be the right way.”

Pico has seen quite a bit of struggle in his young MMA career. He came into Bellator as a highly-touted prospect, expected to make waves in the featherweight division. Instead, his professional debut was over in just 24 seconds with a submission loss. After that, Pico saw success with a four-fight win streak, winning all via stoppage in the first round.

That win streak came to an end against Henry Corrales at Bellator 214 in January. Pico was knocked out in the first round of their matchup in Inglewood. He returned earlier this summer in June against Ádám Borics at Bellator 222, only to be knocked out again in the second round with a flying knee.

It will be interesting to see how the 22-year-old responds coming off back-to-back knockout losses.

What do you make of Pico deciding to sign with Abdelaziz and Dominance MMA?

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Aaron Pico Latest To Sign With Ali Abdelaziz’s Dominance MMA

Ali Abdelaziz has added another high-profile fighter to his stable at Dominance MMA. MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin tweeted tonight (Fri., August 2, 2019) that Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico has enlisted Abdelaziz’s famed company as his new…

Ali Abdelaziz has added another high-profile fighter to his stable at Dominance MMA. MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin tweeted tonight (Fri., August 2, 2019) that Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico has enlisted Abdelaziz’s famed company as his new management team. Abdelaziz offered a brief quote about Pico’s future with Dominance: “Aaron has so much raw talent, one […]

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Scott Coker Explains Why Aaron Pico Was Left Off Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament

Recently, Bellator MMA announced the matchups and participants for their 16-man Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament. If you haven’t seen those yet, check them out below: Bellator 226 — September 7 Sam Sicilia vs. Pedro Carvalho Daniel Straus vs. Derek Campos  Pat Curran vs. Adam Borics Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Tywan Claxton Bellator 228 — September 28 Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta A.J. […]

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Recently, Bellator MMA announced the matchups and participants for their 16-man Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament. If you haven’t seen those yet, check them out below:

Bellator 226 — September 7

  • Sam Sicilia vs. Pedro Carvalho
  • Daniel Straus vs. Derek Campos 
  • Pat Curran vs. Adam Borics
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Tywan Claxton

Bellator 228 — September 28

  • Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta
  • A.J. McKee vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
  • Darrion Caldwell vs. Henry Corrales
  • Daniel Weichel vs. Saul Rogers

Many noticed that one of the promotion’s most notable names, Aaron Pico, was left off the tournament. Pico was hyped as a mixed martial arts (MMA) prodigy heading into his professional debut, only to be defeated under the Bellator banner via submission in 24 seconds.

Pico was able to regroup and embark on an impressive four-fight win streak, before getting knocked out by Henry Corrales at Bellator 214 in January. In his previous fight at Bellator 222, Pico was again defeated. This time in dynamic fashion at the hands of Ádám Borics via a flying knee.

After back-to-back vicious knockout losses, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker explained at a recent media day why he left Pico off the Featherweight Grand Prix (via MMA Junkie):

“With Aaron, we’re going to meet with his manager either this weekend or next week,” Coker said. “I always felt like after his last fight in New York, let’s take a beat back. He’s a great kid. We have a lot of respect for him. We think he’s going to still come back and be great, but I think it’s time to take a beat.

“Let him train and let him get through this process. He would be fighting as early as Sept. 7 in eight weeks coming off that fight in New York. I think he’ll be back, it’s just a matter of time.”

What do you think about Coker’s decision to leave Pico off the tournament? Do you think he made the right call?

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Scott Coker Plans to Pump the Brakes on Aaron Pico

Earlier this week, Bellator announced a featherweight grand prix that will tip off at Bellator 226 this September, with 16 of the promotion’s best featherweights featured in the tournament. One of the biggest names in the promotion, Aaron Pico was cons…

Earlier this week, Bellator announced a featherweight grand prix that will tip off at Bellator 226 this September, with 16 of the promotion’s best featherweights featured in the tournament. One of the biggest names in the promotion, Aaron Pico was conspicuously or inconspicuously, depending your perspective, absent from the tournament. For those who did not […]

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Aaron Pico Speaks Out On His Bellator 222 Loss

Aaron Pico has had some time to reflect on his most recent setback. Last Friday night (June 14), Pico shared the cage with Adam Borics. The bout was featured on the preliminary portion of Bellator 222 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. Whil…

Aaron Pico has had some time to reflect on his most recent setback. Last Friday night (June 14), Pico shared the cage with Adam Borics. The bout was featured on the preliminary portion of Bellator 222 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. While Pico had success with his takedowns in the opening frame, […]

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