LONG BEACH, Calif. – Bellator president Scott Coker gave a positive update on Aaron Pico’s health in the aftermath of a disappointing end at Bellator 286.
Pico (10-4 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) suffered a dislocated shoulder in the opening round of his featherweight fight with Jeremy Kennedy (18-3 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) on Saturday at Long Beach Arena, forcing the fight to be waved off by the cageside physician and resulting in an injury TKO loss.
Coker arrived at the post-fight press conference fearing the worst, but before he left his session with reporters he got an update directly from Pico about the state of his injury.
“It’s not broken,” Coker told MMA Junkie and other reporters. “He has to see a specialist Tuesday. Wants a rematch right away, and he’s in a good spirits.”
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Coker said he’s very much open to the idea of running back the fight between Pico and Kennedy in order to get a more conclusive end. However, he said it’s all going to come down to the timing once Pico’s recovery timeline becomes more clear.
“I’d like to run that one back for sure,” Coker said. “I’m sure Aaron would, too. But we’ll see. This puts Jeremy in a different position now. Now he can advance forward. Let’s see when he’s ready. He might be ready way before Aaron’s ready.”
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