So far, all four announced matchups for Bellator 271 feature top-ranked Bellator MMA fighters.
Per ESPN on Thursday, Aaron Pico (8-3) will come to blows with Justin Gonzales (12-0) at Bellator's Nov. 12 card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The two featherweights will both be riding impressive win streaks into their meeting.
Pico has rattled off four straight finishes since his relocation to Jackson-Wink MMA after a pair of knockout losses to Henry Corrales and Adam Borics in 2019. With the four stoppages in row, including a June anaconda choke of Aiden Lee, Pico has already found himself high on the list of the most wins inside the distance in Bellator history with eight. His appearance against Lee marked the first time the 25-year-old had ever competed beyond the second round in his 11-fight all-Bellator career.
“J-Train” made his successful organizational debut at the same event that Pico submitted Lee, snagging a split decision over Tywan Claxton. Before signing with Bellator, the longtime Sparta Combat League competitor prevailed on the third season of Dana White's Contender Series over Zach Zane, but his performance was not enough to earn a contract. A subsequent body kick knockout of Jake Childers to capture the Legacy Fighting Alliance featherweight belt propelled him onto the Bellator roster.
Bellator 271 goes on at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 12. The main event sees Cristiane Justino defend her featherweight title against Sinead Kavanagh. Other featured bouts on the card include a heavyweight tilt pitting Tyrell Fortune against Linton Vassell, and a 145-pound scrap between Arlene Blencowe and Pam Sorenson.
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