Featherweight action at Bellator 273 in Phoenix on Friday night saw promotional veteran Henry Corrales looking to make it two in a row against England’s Aiden Lee.
Corrales was 2-3 in his past five, and looking to regain the momentum he had from 2017 to 2019, when he won five straight and toppled the highly touted Aaron Pico. Lee, a Cage Warriors tournament winner, was also looking for his second straight win.
“O.K.” Corrales opened the action with a leg kick on the taller man. Less than a minute in, Corrales would catch a kick, then land a punch over the top that sat Lee down. He was quickly back up, apparently no worse for the wear. Opting to get mobile, Lee circled, fired a leg kick, as Corrales continued to walk him down. The American also continued to chop away at Lee’s lead leg, each kick bringing with it the potential of slowing Aiden Lee down.
Round two saw Lee circling again; Corrales chased him, and continued to work in low kicks. Lee fanned with an uppercut, then landed a jab. Corrales finally corralled Lee against the fence near the midway mark of the round, but he couldn’t keep him there. He’d get a hold of Lee again with about two minutes remaining, looking for a guillotine. They’d go to the ground moments later, Corrales on top.
The third frame was paused early due to an accidental eye poke. And did the Phoenix crowd ever let Lee have it. Despite being the victim, the fans treated him like the bad guy — especially when he couldn’t continue. That sent the fight to the judges, who awarded the technical decision to Henry Corrales.
Official Result: Henry Corrales def. Aiden Lee by unanimous technical decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)