Aaron Pico Biography

Aaron Pico is a mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler. Aaron Pico is a 7th generation Californio. He is a direct descendant of Pío de Jesus Pico, who was the last Mexican Governor of California under the Providence of Mexico.

Aaron Pico Age

Aaron Pico is 22 years old as per 2018 born on September 23, 1996 in Whittier, California, United States

Aaron Pico Weight

Aaron Pico stands at a height of 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)

Aaron Pico Height

Aaron Pico weighs 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st).

Aaron Pico Wrestling

Aaron Pico has experience in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, at both the cadet and junior level, Pico has won the U.S. national championship in all 3 styles. In 2014 and 2015 he won the freestyle junior national championship,he defeated Zain Retherford (who would later win the 2017 & 2018 Dan Hodge Trophy, the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy) in the finals. In 2015 he won 7–0 in 2014 and 8–5.

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He would go on to compete at the cadet world championships in freestyle. In Zrenjanin, in 2013, Serbia, Pico was the only gold for Team USA at the World Cadet Championships. Pico defeated Japan’s Fujinami 8–6 in the Gold medal match. Pico quoted. “I’m so happy to be here, as World Cadet Champion and proud to have been representing my country.” Pico gave praise to the many community supporters for his professional development including his parents, family and friends as well as his valuable coach which has made all the difference”.

Pico won a silver and bronze medal at the freestyle junior world championships, in 2014 and 2015. In 2014Pico lost to 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hassan Yazdani of Iran 9–2 in the finals, in the semifinals of 2015, Pico lost by criteria in a 7–7 match against Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan. Pico beat Enes Uslu of Turkey 13–4 in the bronze medal match. In both 2014 and 2015, at the trials to make the U.S. team, his final match was again against Zain Retherford. He won 3–0, 5–1 in 2014 and 5–2, 6–2 in 2015.

Aaron Pico made his senior level debut in November 2013 as high school sophomore, in a U.S.A. vs. Russia dual meet in Clifton Park, NY. Pico faced Alibeggadzhi Emeev of Russia, winning by decision 8–0. Pico defeated former 2013 Senior World Champion in early November 2014, David Safaryan of Armenia at the 40th Annual Henri Deglane 40th in Nice, France. Pico would medal at multiple senior level events while still a teenager. Pico broke into the top 20 UWW world freestyle rankings.

19 years of age Pico qualified for the Olympic trials in 2016. No teenager had made the freestyle wrestling Olympic team for 40 years. Pico made it to the finals against Frank Molinaro after defeating Jayson Ness by tech. fall, Jordan Oliver 11–9, and Reece Humphrey by tech. fall. In the best-of-3 finals, he won round 1, 4–2, but lost round 2, 4–3, and round 3, 4–4 on criteria. Ness, Oliver, and Molinaro are all former NCAA Division I national champions, and Humphrey was a national runner-up and senior U.S. freestyle national champ.

Aaron Pico Professional MMA Career

In MMA Aaron Pico is represented by Zinkin Entertainment. Pico was offered and signed major endorsement contracts with Dethrone Royalty, an MMA lifestyle apparel company owned by founder of Zappos and ownership partner of the Golden State Warriors, Nick Swinmurn. Aaron signed a multi-year shoe endorsement with Nike, in April 2014.

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Aaron Pico signed a long term unprecedented contract with MMA promoter Bellator MMA in early November 2014 and its parent company Viacom, as their new blue chip prospect. he is versed in wrestling, amateur MMA and boxing and has multiple wins under his belt. Scott Coker the Bellator MMA President, states, “Simply put, Aaron has all the makings of MMA’s next great superstar and to have him here at Bellator MMA is something special. Like many of us in the MMA community, Aaron is someone we’ve been watching closely over the last few years, and after sitting down with Bob Cook and his team, getting a chance to meet Aaron and hearing his long-term aspirations, the fit became very obvious.”

On June 24, 2017, Pico made his professional MMA debut at Bellator NYC, at the Madison Square Garden. Pico lost to Zach Freeman via submission just 24 seconds into the first round in an upset.

Aaron Pico moved down to the featherweight division after his upset loss to Freeman and faced Justin Linn at Bellator 183 on September 23, 2017. Pico won the fight via knockout in the first round. On January 20, 2018, Pico faced Shane Krutchen at Bellator 192. Pico won the fight via TKO in the first round. with a brutal left to Krutchen’s body. On May 12, 2018, Pico faced Lee Morrison at Bellator 199. Pico won the fight via TKO in the first round. On September 29, 2018, Pico faced Leandro Higo at Bellator 206. Pico won the fight via technical knockout in round one. On January 26, 2019 in his sixth fight, Pico faced Henry Corrales at Bellator 214. Despite dropping Corrales early in the bout, Pico lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

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Aaron Pico Championships and Accomplishments

Freestyle wrestling

  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Senior Men Freestyle 65 kg 2nd place
  • 2016 Alexander Medved International Senior Men Freestyle 65 kg Bronze Medal
  • 2015 Cerro Pelado Int’l Senior Men Freestyle 65 kg Champion – Havana, Cuba
  • 2014 Henri Deglane Challenge Senior Men Freestyle 65 kg Champion – Nice, France
  • 2014 Soslan Andiyev Senior Men Freestyle 70 kg Bronze Medal – North Ossetia – Alania, Russia
  • 2014 Grand Prix of Spain Senior Men Freestyle 65 kg Silver Medal – Madrid, Spain


  • 2008 Desert Showdown Champ – Indio, CA
  • 2008 California State PAL Champ – Oxnard, CA
  • 2008 National PAL Champ – Tournament Outstanding Boxer Award– Oxnard, CA
  • 2009 Desert Showdown Champ – Indio, CA
  • 2009 National Junior Golden Gloves Championship Champ – Mesquite, NV Tournament Outstanding Boxer Award


  • 2008 – CA State Pankration Championships Champ – Santa Ana, CA
  • 2008 – National Pankration Championships Champ – Santa Ana, CA
  • 2009 – CA State Pankration Championships Champ – Santa Ana, CA
  • 2010 – Golden Cup European Pankration Champ – Kharkov, Ukraine

Aaron Pico Mixed Martial Arts Record













Henry Corrales

KO (punches)

Bellator 214

January 26, 2019



Inglewood, California, United States



Leandro Higo

TKO (elbow and punches)

Bellator 206

September 29, 2018



San Jose, California, United States



Lee Morrison

TKO (punches)

Bellator 199

May 12, 2018



San Jose, California, United States



Shane Krutchen

TKO (punch to the body)

Bellator 192

January 20, 2018



Inglewood, California, United States



Justin Linn

KO (punch)

Bellator 183

September 24, 2017



San Jose, California, United States

Featherweight debut.



Zach Freeman

Submission (guillotine choke)

Bellator 180

June 24, 2017



New York City, New York, United States

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