MMA: Pico, Blencowe win - Albuquerque Journal

MMA: Pico, Blencowe win

Aaron Pico and Arlene Blencowe, featherweight MMA fighters who train in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink, both won their fights Friday on a Bellator card in Hollywood, Florida.

Pico (9-3) defeated Colorado’s Justin Gonzales (12-1) by unanimous decision. Blencowe (15-8) beat Pam Sorenson (9-4), also by unanimous decision.

Pico was beyond dominant in defeating a previously unbeaten opponent, taking Gonzales down seven times and landing some vicious shots in standup. The judges’ scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

Judge Troy Wincapaw scored the third round 10-8, illustrative of Pico’s thorough dominance throughout the fight.

It was the first time that one of Pico’s fights, win or lose, had gone to the scorecards.

Not getting a stoppage, Pico said afterward, was sort of a rite of passage.

“I think when I go back and watch the video there are some things that were a blessing (from this fight),” Pico said during a post-fight interview. “… The most important thing in this game, that I’ve found out, is to win. That’s what we did tonight.

“… If the knockout would come (fine), but if not, like I said I’d be happy that I won. I was consistent. I played my song tonight, and I’m happy.”

Blencowe was a clear winner as well, winning all three rounds (30-27) on two of three official scorecards. A third judge saw it 29-28, scoring one round for Sorenson.

Blencowe was almost as dominant in her victory as Pico was in his, blasting away at Sorenson throughout with a powerful right hand.

Sorenson had some success by changing levels and gaining an advantage in the clinch but was unable to do any damage from that position. Blencowe’s takedown defense was solid.

One judge scored the third round for Sorenson as Blencowe slowed somewhat, her victory all but assured.


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