Uncasville, Connecticut – November 12, 2020 – Three in a row! Monster Energy congratulates Aaron Pico on his spectacular knockout victory over John de Jesus in the prelims card fight at Bellator 252 inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In the featherweight division bout on Thursday, the 24-year-old from Whittier, California, continued his winning streak with the third finish in a row.
Bellator 252 was contested as a closed-to-the-public event inside the main home of Bellator MMA since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic: The Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Headlined by a featherweight title fight between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire against Pedro Carvalho, the fight night happened amid extensive COVID-19 safety protocols for staff, officials, and fighters. The Main Card was broadcast on DAZN and the CBS Sports Network, the Monster Energy Prelims streamed on YouTube.
In the most anticipated prelims fight, Pico (7-3) stepped into the Octagon after two consecutive victories. The MMA upstart, who was initially tracked for an Olympics wrestling career before focusing on mixed martial arts had previously stopped Daniel “Scary” Carey at Bellator 238 and earned a submission victory against Solo Hatley Jr. at Bellator 242. But he was in for a challenge: Tonight’s opponent, John de Jesus (13-9), had never been stopped by knockout or TKO and came into the fight at the Mohegan Sun on a three-win streak.