Bellator 242 post-event facts: Aaron Pico’s presence felt in the record books

Bellator made its return from a 153-day hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic on Friday with Bellator 242, which took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a main card that aired on Paramount and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. A title eliminator in the bantamweight division served as […]

Aaron Pico maturing, but vows ‘I’m not going to lose my killer instinct’

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — A patient Aaron Pico showed veteran poise Friday night, as he executed his game plan to perfection in a first-round victory over Solo Hatley Jr. Pico (6-3 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) scored a quick takedown, improved his position, and maneuvered his way into a submission finish at just 2:10 in their Bellator 242 […]

Solo Hatley Jr. shrugs off favoritism toward Aaron Pico, expects to test star’s ‘weak chin’ at Bellator 242

Solo Hatley Jr. | Bellator MMA Solo Hatley Jr. recently watched a promotional video for Bellator 242 when he saw his opponent flash on the screen. The video announced the return of rising star Aaron Pico – and that was it. “When I saw that, I was like, ‘Wow, they really want this guy to […]

Aaron Pico simply wants to win, and mimicking ‘favorite fighter’ Kamaru Usman could be the way

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Although the coronavirus pandemic brought an unexpectedly long layoff for the Bellator roster, Aaron Pico has used the six-month break in a positive way. Pico’s story in MMA has been well documented at this point. He made his debut at 20 and was touted as perhaps the biggest prospect in the sport’s […]

Aaron Pico draws inspiration from watching Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman ahead of Bellator 242

Esther Lin/MMAFIGHTING.COM Despite three early career losses, Aaron Pico has found himself more drawn to MMA than ever before. Pico looks to build on a highlight-reel knockout win at January’s Bellator 238 event when he takes on Solo Hatley Jr. on Friday at Bellator 242. The event takes place at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., […]

Sergio Pettis vs. Ricky Bandejas headliner, Aaron Pico highlight Bellator’s July 24 return

Bellator is ready to roll out fights once again. The promotion announced Wednesday that it’s set to return July 24 after a five-month absence because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Bellator 242 will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and will be headlined by a bantamweight title eliminator bout between Sergio Pettis […]

Aaron Pico vs. Solo Hatley Jr. targeted for Bellator’s July 24 return

Aaron Pico is back. Bellator is targeting Pico (5-3 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) to take on rising prospect Solo Hatley Jr. (8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in a featherweight bout on its first card back from a COVID-19-induced hiatus on July 24. The event takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. A person with knowledge […]

Aaron Phillips takes short-notice UFC ‘Fight Island’ booking against Jack Shore on July 15

Aaron Phillips (pictured) will fight Jack Shore at a UFC “Fight Island” show on July 15 in Abu Dhabi | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Aaron Phillips got the call to return to the UFC as a replacement on “Fight Island.” MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that Phillips (12-3) will fight Jack Shore in on July […]

Aaron Phillips set for UFC return, faces Jack Shore on ‘Fight Island’

Aaron Phillips is back in the UFC. Almost six years after his promotional departure, Phillips (12-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has stepped in on short notice to fight Jack Shore at the UFC’s “Fight Island” event on July 15. Phillips replaces Anderson dos Santos who was removed from the card on Friday after a positive COVID-19 […]

Aaron Pico addresses critics: ‘Slow your roll, let me do my thing’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With eight professional MMA fights already under his belt, Aaron Pico’s main focus is constant evolution. Pico, 23, joined the Bellator roster two months after his 18th birthday without any prior MMA experience. The blue-chipper had compiled an impressive resume that included an outstanding amateur wrestling career and a Golden Gloves […]

Aaron Pico wasn’t interested in replacement spot in Bellator featherweight tournament

LAS VEGAS – There was a small window of opportunity for Aaron Pico to join the Bellator featherweight grand prix but it didn’t even cross his mind. After A.J. McKee underwent knee surgery in January, there was a potential opening in the tournament, with Pico (5-3 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) being a potential choice. But the […]

Video: Aaron Pico says he’s in no position to call next fight

MMA Fighting INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico reflects on his impressive win over Daniel Carey at Bellator 238. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Aaron Pico stays ‘really, really humbled’ after emphatic Bellator 238 knockout win

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – 2019 wasn’t kind to Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico. However, 2020 is starting out as a different story. Ghosts of his back-to-back knockout losses to Henry Corrales and Adam Borics were put to rest when he viciously knocked out Daniel Carey on Saturday at Bellator 238. The finish at The Forum was one […]

Impassioned Aaron Pico on overcoming obstacles: ‘I’ll never (expletive) quit’

LOS ANGELES – Aaron Pico put on a brave face in front of the public, but he’s ready to admit that privately, he had a very tough time bouncing back from high-profile losses. The heavily hyped competitor, considered by many a future world champion, suffered back-to-back stoppage losses in a pair of fights he was […]

Bellator 238 free fight: Relive Aaron Pico’s explosive finish of Leandro Higo

Aaron Pico looks to get back on track in his backyard on Jan. 25, when he meets Daniel Carey in a featherweight bout. The Southern California native has run into a couple speed bumps on the fast track to success. But he’s still just 23 years old, still has tremendous potential, and, having moved to […]

Aaron Chalmers vs. Austin Clem Among Additions to Bellator Dublin Card on Feb. 22

Former British reality TV star Aaron Chalmers will make his return to the cage when he meets Austin Clem in a featured bout at Bellator Dublin on Feb. 22. View full post on Recent News on

Aaron Chalmers vs. Austin Clem among several bouts confirmed for Bellator Dublin

Bellator MMA Reality television star turned MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers is set to return to action on Feb. 22 at Dublin’s 3 Arena when he takes on Austin Clem on the main card of Bellator Dublin, which is set to be headlined by James Gallagher vs. Cal Ellenor. Bellator’s European team announced several bouts, including […]

Aaron Pico vs. Daniel Carey targeted for Bellator 238

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico will get another chance to bounce back at Bellator 238. Pico has verbally agreed to face Daniel Carey on the Jan. 25 fight card in Inglewood, Calif. The news was first reported by The 23-year-old wrestling standout is five months removed from a knockout loss to […]

‘Geordie Shore’ star Aaron Chalmers on lessons learned from first loss

LONDON – If Aaron Chalmers were the average MMA up-and-comer, a loss in his fifth professional fight would’ve drawn a shrug from most observers. Instead, a certain section of the fan base was waiting with knives out to mock the ex-reality star. “Because I’m from TV, that’s not allowed,” Chalmers told MMA Junkie in advance of […]

Adam Borics Felt He Was Stronger on the Ground Against Aaron Pico

Adam Borics earned a spectacular victory over Bellator MMA prospect Aaron Pico last week at Bellator 222. View full post on Recent News on

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