Aaron Pico returns to the cage this October at Bellator 286.
Pico will face Jeremy Kennedy in a meeting of ranked featherweights on October 1 from the Long Beach Arena in California. The main event features Patricio Pitbull defending his featherweight title against Adam Borics.
One of Bellator’s most electrifying competitors, Pico (10-3), will return to his home state of California as part of a loaded main card offering.
Pico, 25, remains one of the most compelling fighters in all of MMA thanks to his rare blend of youth, athleticism, and dominant performances. His punching power has led to his inclusion in countless highlight reels, and his world-class wrestling and burgeoning grappling skills have rendered him a potent threat in all facets of MMA.
Looking to derail the hype train conducted is Canada’s Kennedy. The 29-year-old has made an immediate impact in the featherweight division since joining the promotion in 2020.
Against Pico, “JBC” (short for junior bacon cheeseburger) finds himself on the verge of title contention. With a recent win against former title challenger Emmanuel Sanchez, Kennedy is firing on all cylinders and could crack the top-5 of the division — and steal Pico’s momentum — with an impressive performance on a card headlined by the promotion’s top featherweights.
BELLATOR 286: PITBULL VS. BORICS MAIN CARD
Saturday, October 1 — 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT
Featherweight World Championship: #1-P4P-Patricio “Pitbull” (33-5) vs. #2-Adam Borics (18-1)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: #1-AJ McKee (18-1) vs. Spike Carlyle (14-3)
Featherweight Bout: #4-Aaron Pico (10-3) vs. #6-Jeremy Kennedy (17-3, 1 NC)
Bantamweight Bout: #3-Juan Archuleta (25-4) vs. #10-Enrique Barzola (18-6-2)
BELLATOR 286: PITBULL VS. BORICS PRELIMINARY CARD
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7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT
Lightweight Bout: Mike Hamel (9-5) vs. Max Rohskopf (7-1)
Lightweight Bout: Islam Mamedov (21-2-1) vs. Nick Browne (13-1)
Lightweight Bout: Keoni Diggs (9-2) vs. Ricardo Seixas (9-3)
Bantamweight Bout: Richard Palencia (10-0) vs. Cee Jay Hamilton (15-9)
Middleweight Bout: Khadzhimurat Bestaev (11-4) vs. Khalid Murtazaliev (15-3)