Henry Corrales will sling leather against Brandon Girtz at Bellator 250. The featherweight fight goes down on Thursday, October 29th.
The fight card emanates from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and the broadcast goes on CBS Sports Network.
When I was able to catch up with Corrales, he was approaching the final stages of his preparation. “It was my last sparring day today. So it was pretty fun.”
Henry Corrales continued, “We got a couple of southpaws. We’ve got Luke “Cool Hand” Sanders, he fights in the UFC, and a couple other guys…then my buddy Bryce Logan. He just got signed with Bellator. They’re mixing it up too. He’s fighting Georgi Karakhanyan the week after me. So a lot of good training going on right now.”
When I asked if Logan had been picking his brain since Corrales bested Karakhanyan at Bellator 192, Henry responded in a relaxed and matter of fact way that’s a staple of his demeanor. “He came at me with it and ‘hey, well, here’s the video’. It’s pretty simple stuff.”
Corrales has been cornering fighters a fair bit throughout COVID-19 taking hold of the MMA world. These were efforts that ended up readying him for his first fight of the pandemic era.
“Yeah, I’m pretty used to the whole process. And it might get a little bit weird but once the bell rings, it’s fucking ‘this guy’s going to be coming at me’. It won’t be any different once we’re scrapping, you know.”
There’s also now a new four-fight deal with Bellator for Henry Corrales that he is certainly appreciative of. “Yeah, that’s really nice. That’s really cool you know. I show up. Whoever, whenever. Anytime, anywhere…I work really hard. So it’s really nice to kind of be rewarded a little bit. ”
Corrales vs Girtz
The promotion clearly has faith in his abilities which informs him being set up in the co-main event spot for this card. His placement on the card was something that Corrales just discovered during our chat. “Oh wow, yeah. I don’t even know that. Nice.”
Corrales’ last defeat to Juan Archuleta was a frustrating one as he felt like the current Bellator bantamweight champ didn’t engage him a great deal. If history is any indicator, Girtz will present a diametrically opposed fight-approach.
“I like his style. I like that he fights. Especially like everything you just mentioned about my last opponent running the whole time. So it’s gonna be good to get in there and fight somebody. That’s exactly what I want. Hell yeah. I can’t wait, dude.”
With the pandemic limiting things in regards to post-fight celebrations, Corrales still has something tasty in mind. “Just food probably. Get a good night’s unhealthy meal in. It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those. And just hang out with the boys, enjoy the night.”
Henry Corrales continued, “I fought at the Mohegan Sun before and I like Bobby Flay’s hamburger restaurant. Dude, it’s fire. They’ve got like milkshakes and just like quality burgers. So I’m gonna tear one of those up for sure after the fight.”
To check out my full conversation with Henry Corrales, check out the embedded link!