Monster Energy’s Aaron Pico stops Adli Edwards via TKO at Bellator 277

Monster Energy’s Aaron Pico stops Adli Edwards via TKO at Bellator 277

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me. People laughed at me, people said all kinds of things when I was depressed. I’m just happy to be on a six-game winning streak. Perseverance and hard work can get you through anything.” -Aaron Pico

Keep the wins coming! Monster Energy congratulates Aaron Peak defeating Adli Edwards at Bellator 277 in San Jose on Friday night. In the main card fight contested in the featherweight division, the 25-year-old from Whittier, Calif., earned a thunderous victory in the third round by technical knockout (TKO).

Earlier on the preliminaries card, the 29-year-old Monster Energy athlete Gaston “The dream killer” Bolanos

of Lima, Peru picked up an explosive TKO victory at the end of the first round of his featherweight division fight against Daniel Carey.

Bellator 277: McKee vs. Pitbull 2 ​​was played in front of a very energetic audience at the SAP Center in San Jose. The main card aired on Showtime, the Monster Energy Prelims streamed live on YouTube.

Monster Energy’s Pico (10-3) came to San Jose on a five-game winning streak. At Bellator 271 in November 2021, the rising MMA star picked up a unanimous decision victory over Justin Gonzales. On Friday night, he faced a tough test from Adli Edwards (9-2), 32, fighter in Raleigh, North Carolina, who took the fight on short notice as a replacement for Jeremy Kennedy.

From the start, Pico set the tone for the fight by knocking out Edwards in less than half a minute and raining elbows down from the top. Pico continued to dominate the opening round as he landed more takedowns, followed by punishing strikes and quick combos that shook his opponent’s stamina.

While Edwards showed exceptional tenacity, Pico continued to land severe three-hit combinations, including heavy hooks to the body. The crowd roared as Pico knocked his opponent off balance with a headbutt, immediately followed by several more takedowns as Edwards demonstrated a resilient submission defense.

Edwards reached his physical limits in the third round, when Pico followed up a harsh overhead right with a left hand to the body that threw his opponent to the canvas. A few more hits from above and it was over: At 0:55 minutes into the third round, referee Mike Beltran called a stoppage of the fight naming Pico the winner by TKO.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me. People laughed at me, people said all kinds of things when I was depressed. I’m just happy to be on a six-game winning streak. Perseverance and hard work can get you through anything,” Aaron Pico said after his Bellator 277 victory.

Friday night’s win at Bellator 277 extends Pico’s winning streak to six fights. His professional career record now stands at ten wins in 13 fights with nine wins by stoppage: two submissions and seven knockouts. He now ties Patricio “Pitbull” Freire’s record for most knockouts in the featherweight division. Pico has previously competed as a wrestler and won Cadet World Championship titles and a two-time Junior World Championship medallist. Pico made his Bellator debut in 2017 and trains at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In Friday night’s prelims, Monster Energy’s Bolanos (6-3) returned to the Octagon after a two-year hiatus since losing to Solo Hatley Jr. at Bellator 239 in February 2020. His opponent in the fight from the featherweight division, 32-year-old Daniel Carey (7-6) of Ada, Oklahoma, came to San Jose after two straight losses to Monster Energy’s Gadzhi Rabadanov and Pico.

But as fans remember, Bolanos and Carey previously faced off at Bellator 226 in 2019, with Carey picking up a first-round submission victory. With a score to settle, both fighters battled it out keeping their distance, while Bolanos used early openings. to land leg kicks. With two minutes left in the round, Bolanos connected a high kick and strike combo, staying on his toes to stop Carey’s attack.

Then everything fell apart. The key scene of the fight unfolded just before the end of the first round: After Bolanos landed a kick to the head, a charging Carey went into a heavy right hand, sending him to the ground. With Bolanos punching from above, referee Mike Beltran stepped in, pronouncing Bolanos the winner by TKO at 4:59 of the first round. Talk about a resounding victory!

“I feel great. You know, it’s been two long years. I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to get here,” Monster Energy’s Bolanos said after winning his featherweight bout at Bellator 277. In his interview with post-fight, Bolanos also made it possible for him to lose weight to compete at bantamweight. Stay tuned!

Friday night’s win puts Bolanos back in the win column. Born and raised in Peru, Bolanos moved to the United States at age 13. He excelled as a kickboxer, progressing to winning the World Junior Amateur Muay Thai title as well as the US National Muay Thai Champion. Since making his professional Bellator MMA debut in 2017, Bolanos has earned all six wins by knockout.

Aaron Peak and Gaston Bolanos are among Monster Energy’s elite MMA athletes with Sergio Pettis, Phil Davis, Valerie Loureda, Kamaru Usman, AJ McKee, Juan Archuleta, Joey Davis, Douglas LimaErik Perez, James Gallagher, Austin Vanderford, Jon “Bones” Jones, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, Chris “All American” Weidman, Dominick “Dominator” Cruz, Tony Ferguson, Rose Namajunas, Marlon Vera, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Maycee “The Future” Barber, Paulo “The Gum” Costa, Stipe Miocic, Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, Jessica Rose Clark, Valentina Shevchenko., Sean “Suga” O’Malley, Brandon Morenoand Giga “Ninja” Chikadze.

To learn more about Monster Energy’s MMA athletes, visit http://www.monsterenergy.com. Follow Monster Energy on Youtube, Facebook, instagram, Twitter and ICT Tac.

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