Fighters React To Aaron Pico’s Brutal Knockout Finish At Bellator 183

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Mixed martial arts prodigy Aaron Pico stepped into the Bellator cage for his second professional fight last night and was looking to right the wrong from his pro debut back in June.

Prior to last nights fight Aaron Pico had made some changes to his training and was even working with boxing world champion Miguel Cotto


“For me, I wanted to scale things back,” Pico said. “Freddie Roach is my boxing coach, I spent a lot of time down there with him leading up to the fight. I was actually part of Miguel Cotto’s training camp as a sparring partner so that was really good for me.”

Aaron Pico was very happy to have the opportunity to learn from a world champion boxer like Miguel Cotto and took time to absorb as much as he could from him.

“Just his approach to the whole game,” said Pico. “He’s very professional when he comes in, he works extremely hard. Sparring with him was great. Just to see how a professional works in the boxing game, how he gets ready, I was very privileged to be in there with his training camp. He keeps a small circle, so it was a really good experience for me. It’s helped me, for sure.”

 “We all sat down together and they brought up Justin Linn and my coaches thought I would be ready for it,” said Pico. “I thought I’d be ready too. Yeah, he’s got more experience, but I think I’ve got more training and having more months under my belt before this fight, so I feel pretty confident. I always take on challenges, that’s one thing that I love doing, that’s what life is all about.”

The changes paid off for Aaron Pico who looked much more ready for the experience this time around, as he was really able to let his hands go and land clean shots. Following the fight, a lot of fighters were extremely impressed with Pico’s second Bellator performance including UFC champion Daniel Cormier and top ranked bantamweight TJ Dillashaw.

Take a look at some of the highlight from Pico’s second pro fight.