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Mixed martial arts: the ultimate testing ground.

Aaron Pico came into Bellator NYC with about as much momentum as a hype train can get. Repeatedly billed as the best prospect ever to be seen in MMA, Pico made his debut against Zach Freeman, a fighter with ten professional fights.

But, despite facing against the twenty year old with the phenomenal background, Freeman was determined to spoil the fairytale. In the opening exchange, Pico got hit with a clean uppercut, Freeman leapt onto his fallen opponent and got the D’arce choke for the win.

“The power of belief in this life,” Freeman said, post-fight. “Anything can happen. You have to believe it.”