Bellator 293: Adam Piccolotti Details Issues In Last Fight, Strategy Against Nallo

Bellator lightweight Adam Piccolotti came into Bellator 293 with a lot on his mind, a loss to bounce back from, and a fight to win against Mandel Nallo.

“A lot of things in my head going into that fight. I had a, to be honest, piss-poor performance last time out. I just had my first-born. There’s a lot of things leading into that last fight that really affected me,” Piccolotti told reporters including Cageside Press at his post-fight scrum.

“Some medical issues and things like that. So coming into this fight I definitely had a lot on my head.”

Staying busy during the fight was the plan for Piccolotti who did not want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges.

“I know I’m one of the best grapplers in the world. My striking is right there at this point. I knew if I go in there, put my stuff together, stay busy, I could definitely get the finish,” he said.

Leaving it to the judges was not an option this time around with Piccolotti having seen enough, let’s say rough, decisions in his day go against him.

“I hate when people say ‘don’t leave it in the hands of the judges!’ right. This is a fight, but this is a sport. There should be proper judging, but there’s not. We all know this. I’ve been robbed two or three times in my career. Two times very blatantly. So not leaving it in the hands of the judges was definitely in my head,” he said.

“Getting a finish, even if it wasn’t a finish, something very dominant like be on his back pounding him out for the entire third round that would have done the trick I’m sure.”

That still could have gone against Piccolotti so he went ahead and eliminated any chance of getting robbed again.

“Not leaving it to chance. Getting that finish, adding another finish to my record, is kind of an important thing for me,” he said.

Watch the entire post-fight scrum with Adam Piccolotti above.