Aaron Pico has a brand new opponent for his return to the Bellator cage on April 22.
Pico was slated to face Otto Rodrigues in his first battle since injuring his shoulder towards Jeremy Kennedy in October 2020, however he’ll now face James Gonzalez after the Brazilian withdrew resulting from harm, MMA Combating has discovered.
Gonzalez accepts the battle after beforehand pulling off a surprising upset over extremely touted prospect Cody Law again at Bellator 282. Total, Gonzalez holds a 10-5 file with 4 wins in his previous 5 fights.
Bellator 295 will happen on the Neal S. Blaisdell Middle in Hawaii and have a bantamweight match closing conflict between Raufeon Stots and Patchy Mix in the primary occasion.
Pico (10-4) was using a six-fight profitable streak with 5 finishes when he misplaced by way of harm to Kennedy, slowing his momentum and forcing the highly-touted featherweight prospect off motion for almost seven months.
Rodrigues (13-1) at present rehabs earlier than re-scheduling his Bellator debut for later this 12 months, trying to prolong his profitable streak to 13. The previous Jungle Combat featherweight titleholder completed half of his earlier 12 MMA bouts by the use of submission.
Damon Martin contributed to this report.