It’s been quite a unique ride for Henry Corrales so far at Bellator.

Already on his debut, he was paired with Daniel Strauss, a former champion who was just then coming off a title-costing loss to Patricio Freire. Two fights later, Corrales would be paired with Freire – himself then coming off a title-costing loss, in a trilogy with Strauss.

In between, Corrales met Emmanuel Sanchez, who was then coming off a loss but is now set to fight for the promotion’s 145-pound title.

That may have made for a 0-3 start to Corrales’ Bellator run, but, as far as skids go, that was a pretty respectable one. And he’d go on to even things out with a three-fight victorious run, capped off by a decision over the ever-tough Georgi Karakhanyan.

This Saturday, at Bellator 208, Corrales (15-3 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) welcomes Andy Main (12-3-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) into the promotion.

Maybe a newcomer isn’t the type of opponent that one would expect for someone who’s riding a streak, after facing a former champion, a current champion and its title challenger to start things off.

But Corrales is not sweating it one bit.

“Just getting a fight was my main concern,” Corrales recently told MMAjunkie. “Once they said I was on the card, it didn’t even matter who I was fighting.”

Corrales has a few reasons for that. For one, he hadn’t fought since January, so he was “anxious and excited” simply to get back in there. But, most importantly, Corrales heard a couple of months ago that his MMA Lab teammate, former UFC champion Benson Henderson, who meets Saad Awad on Saturday’s co-headliner, would be on the card.

Corrales said he decided right there that “(Expletive on), I’m going to get on this card,” and started hitting up everyone, from his coaches and manager to Bellator’s Mike Kogan, to try to get himself a spot.

In the meantime, he made sure to stay ready in case he did.

“When I knew (Henderson) was fighting, I was like, ‘(expletive) it, I’m going to start camp with you,” Corrales said. “Because I already know how this goes. And I’ve already been called up for some short-notice fights. So I was like, let me just get prepared. There’s nothing with working my ass off and getting ready.”

Thinking ahead seems to have paid off for Corrales, who “well-trained, well-conditioned and prepared for whatever” ahead of the DAZN-streamed main card bout, which takes place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Corrales knows a few things about Main – like, for instance, that he’s a high-level Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and that he’s a southpaw. But that’s pretty much where it ends for Corrales when it comes to thinking about his competition.

“Right now I’m just focusing on myself and do whatever it takes,” Corrales said. “Just go in there and throw some heat at this guy.”

With his focus on the task at hand, there isn’t much room for Corrales to dwell too much on neither the future, nor the past.

While he has, of course, title hopes and aspirations like most of his peers, Corrales doesn’t think it does him any good to keep wishing and hoping for stuff – “I’ve got to make sure they happen.”

As for a past that involved such big names? Well, Corrales knows it can also mean his future. Which is exactly why he needs to make sure he doesn’t lost sight of the present.

“I just really have my hands full with the present moment,” Corrales said. “How much work I’ve got to do today. The work I just got done with a couple of hours ago. I’m just so overwhelmed with the present moment. With doing my best that I can now, all that other stuff it’s kind of like, ‘Yeah, it’s cool, but, at the end of the day, I lost to them.’

“So, I’m just focusing on bettering myself so I can get back in there. I’ve definitely got vengeance on my mind. Get those back. We’re working our way back. Luckily, those guys are still at the top. So here I go.”

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