Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Pico vs Gonzalez?
Aaron Pico beat James Gonzalez by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the main card of Bellator 295, on Saturday 22nd April 2023 at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of winner Aaron Pico.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
Pico vs Gonzalez stats
Aaron Pico stepped into the octagon with a record of 10 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
James Gonzalez made his way to the cage with a record of 10 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Pico had a massive power advantage over Gonzalez, boasting at 70% knock out percentage over Gonzalez's 30%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested that Pico and Gonzalez would have been pretty equal, both with a 20% submission rate.
Aaron Pico was the younger man by 6 years, at 27 years old.
Gonzalez had a height advantage of 1 inch over Pico.
Pico was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 1 fewer fights, and made his debut in , 7 years and 8 months earlier than Gonzalez, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 18 less professional rounds, 27 to Gonzalez's 45.
Pico vs Gonzalez form
Pico had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator 286 on 1st October 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Adli Edwards at Bellator 277 on 15th April 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at SAP Center, San Jose.
Going into that contest, he had beat Justin Gonzales at Bellator 271 on 12th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood.
Before that, he had won against Aiden Lee at Bellator 260 on 11th June 2021 by unanimous decision in the 3rd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
He had beat Solo Hatley Jr at Bellator 242 on 24th July 2020 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Pico's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
Gonzalez's last 2 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 5 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 4 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Pico vs Gonzalez?
Aaron Pico was a 1/8 (-770) favourite going into the contest, while James Gonzalez made his way into the ring at 9/2 (+450) with oddsmakers.