Henry Corrales is going after “The Spaniard”.
The Bellator veteran plans to drop down from featherweight to the 135-pound category in search for a rematch with champion Juan Archuleta. Corrales (18-5 MMA, 6-5 BMMA) announced his move down following his split decision win over Brandon Girtz in the co-main event of Bellator 250 on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
“Brandon is an animal and that’s what the fans deserve, especially coming off my last fight with Juan Archuleta running like a weeny,” Corrales told reporters, including MMA Junkie, post-fight at Bellator 250. “This was super fun. And with that being said, I’m dropping down to 135 pounds and get that rematch.”
Corrales and Archuleta (25-2 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) fought at Bellator 238 in January . The 34-year-old lost via unanimous decision and the way the fight went down hasn’t been sitting well with Corrales.
“I like Juan Archuleta on a personal level,” Corrales said. “He’s a good guy, a good father, and a good friend to his buddies. But professionally, as a competitor, he’s a (explicit) gimmick. Any a Mexican from Southern California that’s American that calls himself a Spaniard and dresses up in costumes ain’t a real one, dude. I’m not cool with that guy, I don’t like him. There wasn’t a winner in our fight.
“He ran, I chased, and nothing happened. I dropped him and I got the only take down. And for him to jump on the cage like he (explicit) won something, it wasn’t cool. It didn’t sit well with me. The fans were booing – justifiably so – and my mother was in the crowd and my friends and family and he flicked everybody off. I’m not down with that. He’s next.”