Aaron Pico took the spotlight, but Henry Corrales stole the show in the co-main event at Bellator 214 on Saturday night.
Heading into Bellator 214 in Los Angeles on Saturday, there was one big question about the co-main event: with another big step up in competition, was it time to stop calling Aaron Pico a prospect, and accept that he had arrived? After a stumble in his MMA debut, the talented young wrestler (perhaps equally gifted on the feet) had been a perfect 4-0. Saturday, he was taking on Henry Corrales, his toughest opponent yet.
Corrales opened the action with a leg kick, but stayed on the outside initially allowing Pico to move forward. Another kick from Corrales then; Pico would answer back. Poco then sat Corrales down with a huge uppercut! Corrales may have left the building, after taking the punch right on the chin. Yet somehow he found the will to get back up. Pico went in looking for the finish, firing another uppercut, but he let his guard down. Corrales fired a counter right that caught Pico right on the button! A left connected as well, but Pico was already in trouble.
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This time, it was Aaron Pico crashing back to the canvas, and unlike Corrales, Pico was not getting back up. In an insane comeback, Henry Corrales knocked out Bellator’s blue-chip prospect!
“At my best, I’ve lived a mediocre life, and I’m ready to die in the f*cking cage” Corrales said after the fight. “What’s done is done, respect to Pico and all his people in the crowd. Who the f*ck is next?”
Pico will need another test before he truly arrives, it seems. But while short, what a war in the Bellator 214 co-main event.
Henry Corrales def. Aaron Pico by knockout, Round 1, 1:07