Henry Corrales is ready to create hype of his own in 2019
Bellator featherweight Henry Corrales is looking to continue his winning streak in 2019 and is angling for a title shot.
Henry Corrales (16-3) is fully aware that most of the build up going into his bout at Bellator 214 against hot prospect Aaron Pico (4-1) is on his opponent, but he’s not really bothered by it.
“I’ve been worst off with my past than just being overlooked, so it’s all good, I’m not tripping. I feel great and we’re done with all the necessary work, so I’m just pumped to get in there,” said Corrales in a phone interview with Fighter’s Planet.
Bellator has built a strong roster of prospects that many in the sport consider the most deep of the top-tier fighting organizations, a list that includes Pico, who amassed an impressive resume in freestyle wrestling and amateur boxing before making the transition to mixed martial arts.
After suffering a stunning loss in his debut, Pico has pulled off four straight wins including some highlight knockouts that seem to warrant the buzz and Corrales has no issues with that at all.
“I think it’s definitely warranted because he’s finishing these guys. He’s smashing them.”
Corrales can appreciate Pico’s turnaround as he himself is riding a four fight win streak after suffering three straight losses in his first three fights with Bellator, including a submission loss to current featherweight champion, Patricio Pitball at Bellator 153, a fight he took on two-weeks notice.
Coincidentally, both fighters were born in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier and can look forward to having some hometown support, something Corrales is used to.
This will be his third time fighting at the Forum in Los Angeles, but he feels no extra pressure fighting in his own backyard.
“I love it man. I’ll see a lot of familiar faces. This will be my third year in a row fighting at home and it gets better each time,” said Corrales.
Corrales is fully aware that a signature win against Pico would go a long way towards securing another title shot.
“Anytime someone beats you, it’s always in the back of your mind. I would love to get another fight with Patricio or anyone that beat me.”
Corrales attributes his turnaround after those three losses to a change of scenery and a move to the MMA Lab in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I moved from the L.A. area to the MMA Lab. It changed everything. It’s one of the best gyms in the world,” said Corrales.
“We know what he brings to the table, but at the end of the day, I don’t focus on any of that. I know that I worked my ass off and I’m ready to get in there and scrap.”
Bellator 214-Fedor vs. Bader will be held on Jan 26 from The Forum in Inglewood and will be telecast on the Paramount Network.