As it turns out, Aaron Pico dislocated his shoulder while throwing his first punch at Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator 286.
Pico on Sunday released a video explaining what happened before and after his ill-fated fight with Kennedy. He vowed to come back stronger after checking on the condition of his injury.
My shoulder still hurts a little, yesterday in the first round, I think it was the first 30 seconds, I threw the hook and my shoulder popped out. My strategy was to go through the first round to move on to the second and put the shoulder back in place. I tried in the fight, in the middle of the fight, I kept trying to get him back in place, but he just wouldn’t go.
So I got out of the first round and my order to my coach was, “Hey coach” – mind you guys, he’s not an expert, he’s not a chiropractor, he doesn’t know how to square his shoulders. place – but I ordered him: “Hey, my shoulder is twisted, do your best to put it back in place.” So, we tried everything, and we did not succeed.
The cage doctor at Long Beach Arena expressed immediate concern when the fight referee called him in and suggested that Pico might have a broken collarbone. He asked Pico to raise his hand, which the fighter was completely unable to do. Pico begged to be allowed to continue the fight, telling the doctor, “This is how I feed my family,” but the fight was subsequently called off and Kennedy earned a TKO at 5:00 of the first round.
Pico called the doctor’s stop “probably the smartest decision” given his situation and said he was “rushed to the hospital” to get his shoulder back in place. He said he would have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage to his shoulder.
“One day I will be a champion,” he said. “The road is a little rougher than we would like, but everything is in order. I just want to say that I appreciate all your kind words. I’ll be back.”
Pico’s loss snapped a six-fight winning streak and may have cost him an immediate title shot against champion Patricio Pitbull. Bellator president Scott Cocker welcomed the rematch between Pico and Kennedy, but said the rematch’s schedule and Kennedy’s preferences would determine whether it took place.