Aaron Pico Looking to Continue Winning Streak at Bellator 252
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Aaron Pico returns to the Bellator cage this Thursday night at Bellator 252, where he will main event the prelim card against John de Jesus.
Pico has had an excellent 2020; after being on the losing end in both his 2019 bouts, he kicked off the year by making a statement with a devastating knock out win over Daniel Carey at Bellator 238 and followed that up by earning the first submission win of his career, by submitting Chris Hatley via rear-naked choke at 2:10 of the first round at Bellator 242.
The 24-year old is looking to continue his winning streak and progression in Bellator’s talented featherweight division. During the Bellator 252 Virtual Media Day, I asked Pico on what he has learned about himself during this time after rebounding from back-to-back losses. Pico credited his team and mental toughness for his ability to get back on track:
“What I’ve learned as a fighter is that I’m very strong. I’ve had to bounce back from some devastating losses, but I have a big heart, a strong team that can pick me up…I pick myself back up. I’ve come back with two finishes and that’s been great for me. I don’t take anything for granted just because I know what it feels like to lose and I never take winning for granted. Overall, I can say I’m strong mentally.”
In terms of fighting with no fans in attendance, Pico was not fazed by it when he fought in July and mentioned that he likes the way Bellator has taken care of the fighters since resuming events:
“Thankful for me, my fight was only two minutes, so I didn’t really give it much thought, I was really in the zone. So I didn’t really give it much thought but one thing that I can say is that leading up to the fight, the whole process that they have here… that Bellator has laid out is I believe one of the best…It makes the fight week go so much more smoother. And I really hope that when all this COVID-19 is over, I hope it can still be ran like this but I can really say that I’m enjoying the process leading up to the fight a lot better. You get your own locker rooms, you’re away from a lot of people, you don’t have to worry about who is in the sauna or if you’re going to be able to get a sauna or a treadmill, everything is right there, so I’ve enjoyed the process. My last fight was only two minutes – thank God and I didn’t really give it much thought. Overall, I’m really really liking this.”
You can watch Aaron Pico vs. John de Jesus in the main event of the Bellator 252 prelims live on Bellator’s YouTube page and CBSSports.com. Prelims get underway at 4:00 PM EST.
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