“He’s a real fighter. He brings it.” Henry Corrales’ match-up with Brandon Girtz is that simple.
That was not the case last time out for “OK” Corrales. The Bellator featherweight was paired up with Juan Archuleta after both were bounced from the promotion’s featherweight grand prix. “He ran. I chased. That was that.”
Corrales doesn’t begrudge Archuleta his eventual bantamweight title win, something that happened earlier in the pandemic. But he’s not exactly a fan either. “I just don’t like the way he carried himself after our fight. He got on the ring and celebrated like he won a fight, when there was no winner in that fight,” exclaimed Corrales. “He ran like a little girl, and I chased him. I dropped him, I landed the bigger shots, I controlled 100% of the ring. There was nothing to celebrate on his behalf.”
Archuleta flipping off the crowd, where Corrales’ friends and mother were seated, didn’t impress him either.
Chances are, there will be no running this Thursday at Bellator 250 however. Opponent Brandon Girtz is known to bring the fight to his opponents. Corrales is that same type of explosive fighter. It’s a recipe for fireworks. “This is why I started fighting, to fight guys like this,” said Corrales. “To fight.”
Period. And while Girtz is best known as a lightweight, there’s no added motivation for Corrales to stop him in his featherweight debut. “Not so much,” said Corrales — but another factor might play something of a motivational role. “The fact that he called me out personally, that’s something I think about.”
Watch the full Bellator 250 virtual media day press scrum with Henry Corrales above.