Aaron Pico believes that young fighters should not stare and want everything overnight. They just need to train hard, regularly and disciplinedly, and the results will come by themselves. He believes that young fighters are burning with the desire to achieve everything and immediately.
“My advice is to develop,” Pico said at Thursday’s Bellator 299 media day. “There’s no rush. Everyone looks at Jon Jones as in, ‘I want to be the youngest (champion). I want to do this,’ but that’s an exception.
That’s one guy. Your journey is different. I kind of made that mistake early on and said I want to be champion early on. This game is evolving so much and everyone is good. There’s no rush. You will be champion in due time – when the right time is for you.
“Take your time, (book the) right fights – because it’s a pain in the ass to get your confidence back. For me, I had to really dig deep and surround myself with good people and come back because my confidence was shot for a long time – and it’s coming back for sure”.
Aaron Pico: Young fighters must be patient and wait for the results of hard training
However, Aaron Pico believes that today's young fighters have it much easier than his generation because they have everything at their fingertips, before it was much different.
He added that his path was thorny and now he is among the top fighters of Bellator, which means that patience pays off, but of course also hard training. “I’ve never done this in my career as far as MMA,” Pico said.
“Of course in wrestling, I’ve been all over the world, and I’ve wrestled, but I think as an MMA fighter, it’s good for my development because I’m sure in the future I’m going to be in people’s backyards and fighting.
“They always say that the Irish are some of the best fans in the world, and I have the opportunity to put on a show in front of them, so it’s going to be good. I’m excited, but it doesn’t play (a factor).
I’ve wrestled all over the world, and his fans can’t fight for him. His coaches can’t fight for him. It’s just him and I locked in there”. as quoted by MMAjunkie