Aaron Pico’s quest to earn his first-ever shot at the Bellator MMA Featherweight title came to an unfortunate end after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first round of his fight against Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator 286 in Long Beach, Calif. .
The injury happened in the middle of the opening frame, and Pico could be seen trying to set it up as Kennedy placed him against the cage. Once the round was over, Pico went back to his corner with his left shoulder down. Her trainer, Brandon Gibson, immediately started tugging on her shoulder to get her back in place.
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Thinking the job was done, Pico got up to go out for the second round. But just before the action started, the referee called a doctor to give his assessment of the injury. After examining him, the doctor and the officer on duty had a conversation to try to decide whether or not to let him continue. Meanwhile, Pico was pleading with them to let the fight continue, which delayed the doctor’s final response.
In the end, the doctor decided it was too dangerous (and rightly so) to allow Pico – who couldn’t fully lift his shoulder – to continue. The loss is devastating for Pico, who was apparently one win away from facing the winner of the night’s main event between champion Patricio Pitbull and Adam Borics.
For now, his shoulder is his main concern as he will no doubt undergo further tests to determine the extent of his injury to see how long he will be sidelined. It was the second night of the fight which ended abruptly following an injury.
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