For Former KOTC Champ Henry Corrales It’s Time to Conquer Bellator

For longtime King of the Cage featherweight champion Henry Corrales, 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year of his career yet.

Following his final KOTC title defense in March, Corrales was given the opportunity to step up into a bigger promotion when he signed with Bellator. It’s an opportunity he felt happened when it should have.

“It’s really exciting and I’m really enjoying the whole process,” Corrales told “I’m looking forward to everything: fighting on a bigger stage, fighting better quality opponents. I’m not taking it for granted.

“Yeah, it was time. I was due. The record is there, the finishes are there, so now it’s just time to shine on a big stage.”

Corrales feels his style will translate well to a bigger promotion and he will bring the kind of action the fans are looking for.

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“The cool thing about my fighting style is that there’s no introduction needed,” he said. “The way I go out there and fight, it speaks for itself. I’m willing to exchange with anyone in the 145-pound division. My fights are very violent and it will speak for itself.”

For his Bellator debut, Corrales (12-2) will be taking on former featherweight champion Daniel Strauss (23-6) in a feature bout on Friday’s Bellator 138: Kimbo vs. Shamrock in St. Louis.

“He’s a tough guy who is a good wrestler and is scrappy with good conditioning,” said Corrales of Strauss. “I think it’s going to be a good, tough fight, but my hand is going to be raised at the end of the night.

“I think it’s a great first fight. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It’s on the main card of the biggest show of the year. I’m pumped to be part of it. I promise to go out there and put up a fight.”

While he’s not one to look past what’s in front of him, Corrales does feel a strong performance over a former champion would help procure a title shot by year’s end.

“I’m hoping for a title fight – always,” he said. “Every organization I fight for, I want to get in there, establish myself, and keep my eye on the prize.

“First and foremost you’ve got to get the victory over the opponent in front of you and take it from there, but you’ve always got to be thinking about the belt.”

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