Bellator 192’s Henry Corrales: “This is Going to Be a Real F***ing Fight”
Saturday night’s Bellator 192 card is one of the biggest in recent memory for Bellator MMA. Featuring fighters such as Aaron Pico, Michael Chandler, Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald, the main card is saturated with action-packed combatants. One bout that is flying under the radar however, may steal the show, when all is said and done. Veteran featherweights Henry Corrales (14-3) and Georgi Karakhanyan (27-7-1) will square off in the second bout on the televised portion of the card
“OK” Corrales most recently fought at Bellator 182 in what seemed to be a very frustrating victory over Noad Lahat. Despite dominating the bout from beginning to end, Corrales had a really difficult time getting Lahat to engage him. A bit of a stranger to having lackluster appearances inside the cage, Corrales is looking to put the Lahat bout in the rearview mirror.
“For the most part I’m just grateful that I got the W, to get put in this position to fight a quality opponent such as Georgi Karakhanyan.” says Corrales. “But, I was a little disappointed I didn’t get the finish. [Lahat] hung in there and made it through, so props to him.”
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Henry Corrales expects Saturday’s matchup against Georgi Karakhanyan to be no walk in the park. Karakhanyan, a veteran of almost 40 professional fights, has been training with Nate Diaz ahead of their clash at Bellator 192 in Inglewood, California. Corrales knows he’s going to get the best Georgi Karakhanyan there is. “He’s a tough veteran with a lot of experience and a black belt in jiu jitsu,” says Corrales. “I’ve definitely got my hands full, and I’ve known that since I took this fight. That’s put me in a position to work my ass off. We’ve just been grinding.”
With a win over Karakhanyan, Corrales would find himself on a three fight win streak– the exact opposite position than where he would have found himself two years ago. Henry Corrales gives the MMA Lab and his coaches all of the credit in the world for turning his career around. In a rare move, Corrales actually followed his head coach to the world renowned MMA gym. This made the transition unusually smooth for the 31-year-old Californian featherweight. “I’m on the team, but I still got to keep my coach,” explains Corrales. “That is just so super rare. That never happens.”
Henry Corrales knows there are a handful of ways the bout against Karakhanyan this weekend could end, but they all seem to fall under the same umbrella. No matter the outcome, Corrales believes the bout against Karakhanyan is going to be an all out war. “I just see action… just a real fight,” says Corrales. “I don’t think he’s going to go in there to rack up points (and I’m definitely not going to). I’m in shape and I’m ready to fucking fight.”