Bellator President Scott Coker insisted that despite losing at the first two outings in contest, Aaron Pico is no cast out in boxing.
The mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler showed a lot of prospects in his debut showpieces on the Bellator MMA roster, but has fallen way off after the brutal defeats and knock outs
There have been concerns about Pico and his future on the Bellator MMA, but Coker insisted t s too early to rule the 22.year olf out
Coker was speaking at the Bellator 222 post-fight press conference, shortly after Pico’s knockout loss to Adam Borics. And he is optimistic that the promising talent could bounce back.
He says we should refrain from counting Pico out, despite his recent skid.
“Don’t count this kid out,” Coker said inside Madison Square Garden (via MMA Junkie). “Aaron Pico, he is learning how to do this, and he’s fought some tough guys and like he said, he said, ‘Look, I can wrestle, and I can box, but I’m still learning how to fight.’”
Coker further insisted that Pico was of a very good game plan before the Borics’ loss, especially with the support of his team at JacksonWink MMA.
“You know, there’s a kid that had a great gameplan,” Coker said. “I think (Greg) Jackson had a solid thought in how are they going to fight this kid. And for the most part, he did great. He just made one mistake, he got hit, and you saw the rest. That’s MMA. That can happen to anybody. So, it’s just part of the business.”
With his optimism, Coker believes Pico could get back on tract, but will have to go for some time off the ring before contacting him for future challenge.
“We’ll have a conversation about (that) in a couple weeks and see what he wants to do, and maybe he should take a big step back before he starts to move forward again,” Coker said.