Pico Has ‘No Desire’ To Be In Bellator’s Featherweight Tournament
When it comes to prospects within MMA, Bellator has a number of them waiting to show they can thrive. That is still the case with Aaron Pico. The 23-year-old Olympic wrestler has been a pet project of Bellator President Scott Coker, even if his growth has not met up to standards yet.
Pico (5-3) understands this, and realizes he needs to work harder in order to achieve his goals of being the top fighter in Bellator. The California native was left out of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix, arguably the strongest Grand Prix the company has put on in years. Speaking to MMA Junkie at a Dominance MMA media scrum, Pico is fine being left out of it. He also didn’t want to be an alternate.
“No, I have no desire to be in the featherweight tournament,” Pico stated. “I’m just gonna take my time (and) get my fights in this year. But there’s other guys that probably deserve to be in the tournament over me. To be honest with you, I don’t want to be in the tournament – so I’m good.”
Pico lost the first bout of his Bellator career inside Madison Square Garden against Zach Freeman. A first round submission halted any momentum Pico thought he would have. He then won his next four bouts, with each knockout more dangerous than the last. The competition heated up for him, however, and Pico didn’t seem to find ways to properly adapt. He lost to Henry Corrales at Bellator 214 via KO and Adam Borics at Bellator 222 via TKO.
Both losses were a turning point for Pico, who then beat Daniel Carey via KO at Bellator 238 in January.
The Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix features fighters like Darrion Caldwell, Emmanuel Sanchez, A.J. McKee and champion Patricio Freire. All of them would be major competition compared to what Pico is used to. One of those fighters, McKee, suffered a complete tear of his LCL in his last fight. He appears ready to go, and will be fighting at Bellator 244 in June against Caldwell. Even with concerns about McKee, Pico will still not be answering the call if something was to happen.
“It is an unfortunate event about A.J. Is he completely out? To go back to your question, no I’m not going to be in the tournament,” Pico went on to say.”