Longtime Bellator lightweight Brandon Girtz is set to make his 145lb debut at Bellator 250 this Thursday. Through fifteen Bellator bouts to date, Girtz (16-9) has stalked the 155lb weight class, with the occasional catchweight even higher.
Fight number sixteen with the promotion, however, will see him drop down. Just two days out from the fight, Girtz told Cageside Press that “I feel great. I’m no stranger to cutting weight. I wrestled for years and that’s what I did.”
Speaking at a Bellator 250 virtual media day, the Genesis Training Center fighter added that “It’s kind of why I never did in fighting. But it’s it’s a process I’m used to. It’s a sacrifice and dedication, it’s the exact edge I’ve wanted and I’ve been missing for a little bit. I got to be on point on everything right now. And it’s good. It gives me a little edge.”
Welcoming Girtz to the weight class at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT is Henry Corrales. The former King of the Cage featherweight champ is as game a fighter as you’ll find in Bellator’s 145lb division. And Girtz is thrilled to get the match-up he’d been seeking for his divisional debut.
“I love it. It’s actually the fight I asked for,” Girtz said of the pairing with Corrales. “When we first knew we were going to go down to 45, we would look at the roster. I said, ‘who’s one of the toughest, grittiest guys at 45? And this was the guy that they came up with. And this is the fight I want. I want to go in there. I want someone to come come forward. I want someone that wants to take my head off just as bad as I want to take his off.”
Coming off a loss to Myles Jury, the pairing with “OK” Corrales may be just what the doctor ordered for Girtz. At the very least, it’s likely to result in a firefight.
Watch the full Bellator 250 virtual media day press scrum with Brandon Girtz above.