INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Aaron Pico’s road to the took a detour Saturday night.
The much-touted Southern California featherweight appeared on a rocket ride to the top, as he took a four-fight win streak, all on first-round knockouts, into his Bellator 214 co-feature bout at the Forum.
But there, he met an underrated competitor in Henry Corrales. And when the bout quickly turned into a firefight, Corrales had the last word. The Phoenix-based fighter landed a wicked right hand to the ear to score a first-round knockout at just 1:07.
Pico initiated the action in the early going and the scrap was on. He dropped Corrales with a right uppercut to the jaw and rushed in to go finish the fight.
But Corrales got back to his feet and the whirlwind of action resumed. The two were trading punches in a nasty dirty boxing sequence, and when Pico went to break away, Corrales caught him with the knockout blow, and landed another one for good measure on the way down.
Corrales has now won five consecutive fights since he decided after a three-fight losing streak to move from his hometown of Whittier, Calif. to Phoenix in order to join the MMA Lab.
“I’ve won five straight since I went to the MMA Lab,” Corrales (17-3) said after his 13th career stoppage victory. “You’ve seen the results.
Pico dropped to 4-2. All six of his pro fights, win or lose, have resulted in first-round finishes.