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Rising star Aaron Pico set to face Henry Corrales on January Bellator event

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Aaron Pico will look to make it five in a row early next year.

The surging Bellator featherweight is scheduled to meet Henry Corrales at the promotion’s upcoming ‘tentpole’ event in January, Bellator officials confirmed Wednesday after a Los Angeles Times report.

Pico has quickly made waves in Bellator since falling short in his MMA debut to Zach Freeman in June 2017. Since that upset, Pico has gone 4-0. A streak that includes wins over Lee Morrison, Shane Krutchten, and Justin Linn. Most recently, the 22-year-old wrestling standout knocked out top contender Leandro Higo in September; a win that most would consider the biggest of his young, promising career.

Corrales, 10 years Pico’s senior, is also riding a four-fight winning streak, consisting of stoppages of Andy Main and Cody Bollinger, and decisions over Georgi Karakhanyan and UFC veteran Noad Lahat. Corrales’ Bellator tenure started poorly. He lost three consecutive fights in 2015 and 2016 to former champ Daniel Straus, upcoming title challenger Emmanuel Sanchez, and current champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.

Bellator’s next tentpole event takes place Jan. 26 at The Forum in Los Angeles. In the main event, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko faces Bellator light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader for the heavyweight Grand Prix finals to determine the new Bellator heavyweight titleholder. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as the event approaches.


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