Picolotti: Hungry for Victory and Post-Fight Pizza
Bellator lightweight Adam Picolotti has fought in California in all of his nine pro bouts, and he’s yet to lose in his homestate.
Looking to remain undefeated, the California native returns to the cage this weekend against the Japanese-born Brazilian Goiti Yamauchi. The fight takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Speaking to FIGHT SPORTS ahead of the bout, Picolotti carries the chilled demeanor of a fighter that has never tasted defeat in his pro career.
Of course, the hometown advantage plays an important role in Picolotti’s confidence. He’s rarely traveled outside of California (the furthest he’s traveled was a five hour trip for his first amateur fight) and he considers the SAP Center his second home.
His opponent may not be phased by being the outsider at Bellator 183 however. At just 24 years of age, Yamauchi has traveled the world throughout his pro career of 21 wins and 3 defeats. He’s fought all over the United States and Brazil, and in his last fight he picked up a submission victory in Florence, Italy against a hometown crowd favorite. Most of his the jiu-jitsu specialist’s wins have come by submission, but Picolotti isn’t worried about his opponent’s ground game.
“I can defend armbars in my sleep,” he said.
Picolotti’s confidence isn’t empty boasting; he too is a highly-skilled jiu-jitsu practitioner, with three of his last four wins coming by way of submission.
With that being said, the Californian is looking to show a different kind of stopping ability at Bellator 183. He believes that his striking skills have been underrated, and he looks forward to landing a knockout punch on Yamauchi.
As he toils through the last stages of his weight cut, it’s understandable that there is something other than fighting on Picolotti’s mind: his post-fight meal.
Picolotti has already decided how he’ll celebrate his tenth professional victory. It’ll start with donuts and pizza from a restaurant called Senores in his hometown of San Bruno.
“Something about the cheese there makes it the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.”
With his victory meal already in the back of his mind, Adam Picolotti is ready to put on another show for his home crowd.
Adam Picolotti battles Goiti Yamauchi on Saturday, September 23rd at Bellator 183.