The next Jon Jones may have just signed a long term contract with Bellator MMA.

On Saturday night, Bellator announced they have officially come to an agreement with the highly touted Aaron Pico, whom many label “MMA’s greatest prospect.”

At just 18 years old, Pico has already captured a FILA World Championship as well as some of the most prestigious national titles in both boxing and pankration. Needles to say, the California native  has become accustomed to hearing terms such as “phenom” and “prodigy.”

“When it comes to any big decision I make, I sit down with my family, my management team at Zinkin and the people that are around me that I trust,” Pico stated in a press release. “We wanted an opportunity to achieve my dreams in the 2016 Olympics and transition into MMA, and when we sat down with Bellator, Viacom and Scott Coker, everything just sort of fell into place and I couldn’t be happier to be here and be a part of the Bellator family.”

While Pico’s wrestling career can be simply summed up as “dominant”, the former Junior Golden Gloves Champion considers his standup game to be most refined. As Pico now prepares for a 2016 US Olympic run, MMA’s next superstar has found a home with Bellator MMA, signing a long-term promotional contract that will see Pico compete inside the Bellator cage for years to come.

“Simply put, Aaron has all the makings of MMA’s next great superstar, and to have him here at Bellator is something special,” added Bellator President Scott Coker. “Like many of us in the MMA community, Aaron is someone we’ve been watching closely over the last few years, and after sitting down with Bob Cook and his team, getting a chance to meet Aaron, and hearing his long-term aspirations, the fit became very obvious. I’m not only excited to see what Aaron is going to be able to do in our cage, but also watching him represent our country in 2016 at the Olympics.”

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