Top featherweight prospect Aaron Pico will once again square off with a more experienced opponent when he meets Lee Morrison at Bellator 199.
A promotion official confirmed the pairing to Sherdog.com on Tuesday following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 199 takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on May 12 and is headlined by a heavyweight grand prix bout pitting Ryan Bader against Muhammed Lawal.
After falling to Zach Freeman via submission in 24 seconds in his promotional debut, Pico has bounced back to score a pair of first-round knockouts in his last two Bellator MMA appearances. Most recently, the 21-year-old Californian needed just 37 seconds before finishing Shane Krutchen with a body punch at Bellator 192 on Jan. 20.
A veteran of 27 professional fights, Morrison enters the matchup with Pico on a four-fight winning streak. The 32-year-old Okanogan, Wash., native has competed for a number of organizations since beginning his career in 2007, most notably a seven-bout stint with Russian promotion M-1. “American Bulldog” owns a 19-8 record that includes six triumphs by KO/TKO and seven via submission.