The brand new and improved Aaron Pico continued demonstrating his development Friday night time.

Preventing for the third time since switching his camp to Jackson Wink MMA, Pico (6-Three MMA, 6-Three BMMA) rolled over an overmatched Solo Hatley Jr.

Pico placed on a clinic earlier than ending Hatley through rear-naked choke  at 2:10 of the opening spherical on the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn. It marked Pico’s first profession submission win.

“(Coach) Greg Jackson’s simply slowed issues down for me, he’s made it actually, actually easy,” Pico mentioned in his post-fight interview. “I simply need to be sensible, have an important profession.”

Pico appeared composed from the outset, as he shot for a takedown and cinched it on a second effort. From there, he placed on a textbook show of positional enchancment, as he softened Hatley Jr. (8-Three MMA, 1-1 BMMA) up with punches and elbows.

Hatley, who appeared like he didn’t need to be there any extra, gave up his again, and Pico quickly thereafter sunk within the profitable choke.

The win was Pico’s second in a row. All six of his profession victories have come through end. The Arkansas-based Hatley had a two-fight win streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 242 outcomes:

  • Aaron Pico def. Solo Hatley Jr. through submission (rear-naked choke) — Spherical 1, 2:10
  • Mark Lemminger def. Jake Smith through TKO (punches) – Spherical 2, 1:46
  • Raufeon Stots def. Cass Bell through submission (rear-naked choke – Spherical 3, 1:24
  • Ras Hylton def. Rudy Schaffroth through unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

The featherweight combat was the main-card opener of Bellator 242, which takes place Friday at Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn. The principle card airs on Paramount following prelims on YouTube.