Aaron Pico currently fights as a featherweight and lightweight for Bellator MMA with a professional record of 3-1.
The 5' 7" 145 pound Pico is one of the most accomplished hand-to-hand combatants in the world. Pico has drawn comparisons to Jon Jones earning him the monikers "Greatest MMA Prospect" and "Prodigy".
In 2013, Aaron was undefeated as a high school freshman wrestler compiling at 42-0 record in CIF competition and winning the California State Championship at 132 pounds.
Pico won the 2013 FILA Cadet National Championship at 63 kg and Outstanding Wrestler Award earning him a spot on the U.S. Cadet World Team. As a USA representative in Zrenjanin, Serbia, Pico won the only gold for Team USA at the World Cadet Championships. Aaron Pico defeated Japan’s Fujinami 8-6 in the Gold medal match.
In November 2013 as high school sophomore, Pico made his senior level debut in a U.S.A vs. Russia dual in Clifton Park, NY. Aaron faced Alibeggadzhi Emeev of Russia winning by technical fall 8-0.
In early November 2014, Pico defeated former 2013 Senior World Champion, David Safaryan of Armenia at the 40th Annual Henri Deglane in Nice, France which is considered his biggest accomplishment to date. Safaryan is considered one of the most impressive senior level freestyle wrestlers, making his defeat by Pico exceptional.
Pico won the 65 kg championship at the 2015 Cerro Pelado International Men Freestyle in Havana, Cuba.
Born in Whittier, California Pico started wrestling at age four and was competing in national tournaments by age six. He took up boxing soon after as well as Pankration, a combat sport introduced in the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC that combines boxing and wrestling with scarcely any rules, when he was 10.
In addition to his many wrestling titles, Aaron has also won a number of notable titles outside of wrestling including the 2010 National Junior Golden Gloves Championship and several Pankration titles including the 2010 Golden Cup European Pankration Championship.
Aaron is a two time USA Wrestling Cadet Outstanding Wrestler of the Year, and won the 2012 U.S. championships in Greco-Roman, freestyle and folkstyle wrestling in his weight class (63kg). Aaron has competed with the U.S. national junior team for several years. In the summer, he won a gold medal (138 3/4-pounds) at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Zrenjanin, Serbia. In November, he beat veteran Russian wrestler Emeev Alibeggadzhi, the No. 3-ranked Russian wrestler.
Aaron boasts many significant achievements including winning the 2013 USAW Junior National Championship in Fargo, ND; the USAW FILA Cadet National Championship in Akron, OH; the 2013 USAW FILA Junior Nationals Freestyle Championship in Las Vegas, NV; the USAW FILA Junior Nationals Greco-Roman Championship in Las Vegas, NV; the USAW Junior Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Falls, IA; the California CIF State Wrestling Championship; and the Doc Buchannan Championship in Clovis, CA. Aaron was named 2013 ASICS First Team High School All-American at 132 lbs.
Aaron signed a pro contract with Zinkin Entertainment and Sports Management in 2014.
Pico was offered and signed a major endorsement contract with Dethrone Royalty an MMA lifestyle apparel company owned by Nick Swinmurn founder of Zappos and part owner of the Golden State Warriors.
In April 2014, Pico signed a multi-year shoe endorsement with Nike.
In November 2014, Pico signed a long-term unprecedented contract with Bellator MMA and its parent company Viacom, as their new blue chip prospect.
Bellator MMA President, Scott Coker stated, "Simply put, Aaron has all the makings of MMA’s next great superstar, and to have him here at Bellator MMA is something special. Like many of us in the MMA community, Aaron is someone we’ve been watching closely over the last few years, and after sitting down with Bob Cook and his team, getting a chance to meet Aaron, and hearing his long-term aspirations, the fit became very obvious."
Pico was unsuccessful in his bid to make the 2016 olympic team in April, losing in a match that went down to the wire in the 65 kilogram tournament final. Pico lost the third match in a best-of-three series via criteria decision to former NCAA champion Frank Molinaro.
Pico made his professional MMA debut at Bellator NYC on June 24, 2017, at the Madison Square Garden. He lost to Zach Freeman via submission just 24 seconds into the first round in an upset.
After his upset loss to Freeman, Pico moved down to the featherweight division and faced Justin Linn at Bellator 183 on September 23, 2017. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
Pico faced Shane Krutchen at Bellator 192 on January 20, 2018. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Pico faced Lee Morrison at Bellator 199 on May 12, 2018. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.