Over the last couple of years, King of the Cage had helped produce some of the best young talent in MMA. Fighters such as former middleweight champion Sean Strickland have moved on from the promotion and made their presence felt in other companies.
Current KOTC bantamweight titleholder Henry Corrales could be the company’s next breakout star.
Since making his debut in 2011, Corrales has won all 10 of his fights, with finishes in eight, and more importantly has shown improvement every time out.
“I started off with a jiu-jitsu base, but the school I was at was kind of limited, so the last six months I’ve been at All In MMA, which is a primarily striking school, and I’ve been evolving my game and have been keeping these recent fights standing and try to finish them on my feet,” Corrales told MMAWeekly.com.
“I’m a completely different fighter. If you watch videos of me before, I was just trying to take them down and submit them, but now I’m trying to keep them on the feet and take it from there.”
While Corrales has started off his career in impressive fashion, he’s the last one to buy into the buzz surrounding him.
“People say that, about the pressure of being undefeated and that, but to be honest, I haven’t accomplished anything, I feel,” he said. “Until I get to the big show, this is satisfying, but I’m super-hungry and I’m just going to keep grinding until I get there.”
On Aug. 7, Corrales (10-0) will be making the next defense of his title when he takes on his most experienced opponent to date in BAMMA USA vet Chris Cully (17-11) in Highland, Calif.
“I’m going to show up and fight my fight and take it from there,” said Corrales. “If (Cully) can adjust and he can hang, then we’ll see what else I have for him.
“I’ll just do what I do best. That’s my main concern; I’m about me doing what’s best for me.”
A win over a veteran fighter such as Cully could be a big step forward for Corrales as he looks to move up in his career.
“He does have a lot of experience, and just getting in there with someone like that, it can only make me better,” said Corrales of Cully. “That’s what I’m mostly looking to get out of this; just getting more experience and proving myself.
“I’m always looking to climb that ladder and take bigger steps. I don’t like feeling comfortable and just staying afloat. I want to not only get better as a fighter, but I want to fight the best people I can. I’ll just keep training my ass off until I get the next opportunity.”