Aaron Pico has only fought in the professional ranks four times. However, his tenacity and natural prowess is undeniable. After a blip in his debut, on the Silva vs Sonnen card, Pico has finished all of his opponents.

Though he is young in the MMA game, Pico is no stranger to combat sports. His skills were honed on the amateur boxing and wrestling scenes; receiving lofty accolades in both. Pico will get the chance to showcase his abilities at Bellator 206 on September 29th.

UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw recently praised the prospect on ‘Below The Belt’. Dillashaw noted that Pico is a stud athlete and potentially even more competitive than him.

These qualities will be put into practice against Leandro Higo. Although Higo has seen mixed success in his career, he is far more experienced in pro MMA. Higo’s last bout saw him challenge Darrion Caldwell for the Bellator bantamweight championship.

A win could propel either of these fighters to new career heights. Should Pico win, it proves that the rising star is here to stay. A win for Higo would show that he can compete at featherweight. 

For both men, it means reaching a wider audience as Bellator 206 is easily the biggest event in the promotion’s history. In the main event, welterweight titleist Rory MacDonald looks to become a two-weight champion against Gegard Mousasi, the middleweight champion. 

The card also features the kick-off of Bellator’s welterweight grand prix and another instalment in the Wanderlei Silva vs Quinton Jackson saga.

This dynamite card will launch the DAZN streaming service, a new online platform for combat sports in the USA. With competition between Bellator and the UFC heating up, we are seeing more and more great fights being signed. Could this be the golden era of mixed martial arts?

Source: MMA Fighting