Bellator 242: Who Inspires Bellator Star Aaron Pico?

As he continues to grow in the sport, Aaron Pico believes his skills have improved over the past few months. By following the lead of specific fighters, he believes he is ready to show the world why Bellator signed him.

The 23-year-old Pico (5-3) is set to compete against Chris Hatley Jr. at Bellator 242 this Friday, July 24. A Cadet World Champion and two-time Junior World medalist, Pico has already seen plenty of ups and downs in his MMA career so far. Taking time off as a result of COVID-19, Pico had a chance to watch footage of some of the top MMA stars out there. He believes watching those tapes can eventually help him.

“I watch tape of everybody. I’ve watched my opponent, (Kamaru) Usman, Khabib (Nurmagomedov), Valentina (Shevchenko), Amanda (Nunes)… I watch five or six fights a day,” Pico stated during Bellator 242 media day. “I wake up in the morning, watch two fights, go to practice, and watch more fights. I really studied the game… I really love it and I’m learning a lot. I hope to be world champion.”

Pico made his professional debut in 2017, losing to Zach Freeman inside Madison Square Garden. He would then win four in a row, each via first-round knockout. The California native then got a taste of his own medicine, losing two in a row via TKO and KO. Pico would then rebound in January, beating Daniel Carey via KO at Bellator 238.

The young stars admitted to showing signs of much-needed maturity. He stated that while knockouts are cool, wins are the most important thing. Pico has yet to utilize his entire wrestling ability in his fights. When he does, he will feel complete. It will also help when he relates to his favorite fighters.

“My top three favorite fighters are Usman, Khabib, and Valentina,” Pico went on to say. “I love those fighters. I watch a lot of Kamaru Usman. I love his style. Some people thought his last fight was boring. I thought it was beautiful.”

Bellator 242 will be taking place inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The main event will be Sergio Pettis and Ricky Bandejas and the event will air on Paramount Network and DAZN.

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