One of the most highly-touted prospects on the Bellator roster, Aaron Pico, suffered another loss by strikes at Bellator 222, this time at the hands of Adam Borics.
It truly is getting to the point where there is cause for concern among those who have predicted greatness for this young man.
Not to say that this latest brutal defeat is the end for Pico, but all things considered, a 4-3 start to your career that saw you lose by way of KO/TKO on all occasions isn’t exactly the type of form that fills you with confidence.
Pico, 22, came up against the streaking contender Adam Borics (12-0), a man who dwarfed his own experience in the cage by a longshot. Unfortunately for him, Madison Square Garden once again proved to be an unlucky venue for the favourite as he found himself caught by an expertly-timed flying knee in the second-round – one that ended his night and earned him his second defeat in a row.
MAMMA MIA! 😱
Adam Borics KOs Aaron Pico with a flying knee! 💥 pic.twitter.com/plF1K2KLSO
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 15, 2019
Speaking during his official post-fight press conference, Bellator president Scott Coker explained how he is not ready to give up on this prospect just yet.
“Don’t count this kid out. Aaron Pico, he is learning how to do this, and he’s fought some tough guys and like he said, he said, ‘Look, I can wrestle, and I can box, but I’m still learning how to fight.
“You know, there’s a kid that had a great gameplan. I think [Greg] Jackson had a solid thought in how are they going to fight this kid. And for the most part, he did great. He just made one mistake, he got hit, and you saw the rest. That’s MMA. That can happen to anybody. So, it’s just part of the business.”
“We’ll have a conversation in a couple weeks and see what he wants to do, and maybe he should take a big step back before he starts to move forward again.” (via MMAJunkie)
Pico’s recent move to JacksonWink was thought to be one that would provide the catalyst for something of a new approach to his overall game but as we all know, MMA is a truly unforgiving sport and one mistake can cost you dearly.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena