Aaron Pico Plans To Bring ‘Calm Intensity’ Against John de Jesus
Aaron Pico is looking to take a more measured approach at Bellator 252.
Pico is set to go one-on-one with John de Jesus on Thursday, November 12. The bout will serve as the featured preliminary bout on the Bellator 252 card. This will be Pico’s 10th pro MMA bout. All of his fights have been under the Bellator banner.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com‘s Mike Heck, Pico said that he will be wary of being lured into a slugfest against de Jesus.
“He’s a very good striker and I hope he throws flying stuff. I hope he throws spinning stuff. I really do because I’ve been working with my coaches on all of that stuff. My ground game is good, my composure has gotten a lot better. You’re not going to see me in those firefights and swinging for the fences, you’re going to see a calculated, calm intensity.
“I’m gonna do everything I possibly can to chew his body up, kick his legs, take him down, elbow him in the eyes and I’m going to make things very dirty. I don’t think he’s ever seen anything like that. I’m going to make it a very dirty fight and I don’t think he’s going to be able to breathe after the first round, honestly.”
Pico has been heavily hyped since he was set to make his pro MMA debut back in June 2017. He ended up being submitted in 24 seconds inside the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. While it wasn’t an ideal start, Pico still showed promise by going on a four-fight winning streak and scoring spectacular knockout victories along the way.
The next two bouts for Pico had many wondering if he was done. He was knocked out in back-to-back fights against Henry Corrales and Adam Borics. Still, Pico reignited the excitement with a one-punch knockout over Daniel Carey and a first-round submission over Chris Hatley.