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Bellator 238 video: Aaron Pico flattens Daniel Carey with vicious one-punch knockout

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The evolution of Aaron Pico continued on Saturday night as the 23-year-old prospect got back in the win column with a vicious one-punch knockout over Daniel Carey.

The end came at just 15 seconds into the second round after Pico demolished Carey with a left hook that rendered him unconscious almost immediately after it landed.

Touted as a future champion since the day he decided to transition from wrestling to mixed martial arts, Pico has faced fierce criticism after losing three out of his first seven fights, including back-to-back knockout defeats to Adam Borics and Henry Corrales.

Of course, it could be argued that Pico was facing a much higher level of competition than necessary at such a young age in the sport. But he has stayed steadfast in his passion for fighting while still learning on the job.

Bellator 238 marked his first full camp training under the coaches at the Jackson-Wink academy in New Mexico, and Pico showed patience and poise when engaging with Carey in the opening round.

After taking the fight to the mat during a scramble, the former Olympic wrestling hopeful maintained control and continued to hammer away at Carey with an effective ground and pound attack.

As the second round started, Pico stalked Carey down immediately and launched the left hand that ultimately stopped the fight. The clubbing blow blasted Carey and sent him crashing down to the canvas as Pico followed him to the floor with the referee racing into stop any further damage from being inflicted.

Pico now stands at 5-3 overall as he begins the slow and steady process of building a win streak after an uneven start to his career.