Bellator 192’s Aaron Pico Says He Knew He’d Finish Shane Kruchten With a Body Shot

Aaron Pico MMA Prospect
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Bellator 192’s Aaron Pico had a little bit of clairvoyance ahead of his fight with Shane Kruchten.

Bellator prospect Aaron Pico picked up another big win on Saturday at Bellator 192. The featherweight dropped the vastly more experienced Shane Kruchten with a crushing body shot early in the first round of their main card fight. It improved the young fighter’s record to 2-1, and helps put his disappointing debut at last year’s Bellator NYC further in the rear view mirror.

Following the bout, Pico said that “I felt great. I just needed the experience.”

More surprisingly, he said he knew the body shot would be there. “I knew I was going to knock him out with a body shot” Pico said of the finish. “I didn’t really say it, I just knew, he was just long, lanky, I just knew if I got to the inside — I’ve seen a couple tapes on him, he’s taken some kicks to the body which he didn’t really like — so I knew if I got to the inside on him and I let it rip, he was just going to go down, there would be no way he would be able to stand.” That’s just what happened in the end. “I showed it tonight” the Antonio McKee-trained fighter finished.

The left hook to the body is something he got a feel for early on in his training, Aaron Pico later added. “Ever since I started boxing, I had a natural feel for the left hook to the body, so I used to always hit it in practice” he told the assembled media, with Cageside Press present. “All my fights, that was something that was very effective. So I just kept doing it, and that’s like my thing.”

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