Bellator’s Aaron Pico isn’t slowing down, as he’ll return to action in January against Henry Corrales at Bellator LA.
Bellator star and hot prospect Aaron Pico is taking another step up in competition. A Bellator official confirmed to Cageside Press on Wednesday that Pico will face Henry Corrales at Bellator LA in January. The fight is expected to take place on the main card of the event, headlined by the World Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale between Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader.
The match-up was first reported by the L.A. Times.
Pico (4-1) was a wrestling champion in folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling, winning the U.S. National Champion in all three styles. He later made the U.S. Olympic team tryouts at just 19 years old. A highly touted prospect in MMA as a result, he has displayed pinpoint, punishing striking since joining Bellator. A setback in his debut at Bellator 180 in June of last year didn’t slow him, as he would go on to win four straight fights, all by first round finish.
Impressively, each fight came against competition significantly more experienced than the 22-year old Pico himself. That will continue in Los Angeles, when Pico takes on the dangerous Henry Corrales. Corrales (16-3) is currently on his own four fight winning streak in the promotion, and holds a win over former WSOF champ Georgi Karakhanyan during that stretch.
Bellator LA takes place January 26 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.