On May 8, 2010, MMA fans will get a chance to see a rematch that was asked for from the moment the first fight ended: Machida vs. Shogun 2. The undercard is stacked with a number of heavy hitters that includes Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione, and Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, to name a few. However, the match that MMA fans should really be watching for is a heavyweight matchup between Joey Beltran (11-3, 1-0 UFC) and UFC newcomer Chad Corvin (5-0, 0-0 UFC), a fight just posted a few days ago on UFC.com.
Pro MMA Now’s Brian Furby caught up with Corvin to get some comments from him on his UFC debut, his opponent, and what he thinks about some comments recently made by Beltran.
Pro MMA Now: Hey Chad, thanks for talking with me. The UFC just posted a few days ago that you’re going to be having your UFC debut against Joey Beltran on May 8 at UFC 113. How does it feel now that you know who your debut fight will be against?
Chad Corvin: It’s what we were waiting for. To see it on the website and know it’s official. It feels like an accomplishment just being on the website and knowing I’m going to be part of the UFC. It’s what every fighter dreams of and aspires for, it’s an honor.
Pro MMA Now: Beltran is a tough guy, just recently came in on late notice and defeated Rolles Gracie, what do you think about Beltran as an opponent?
Chad Corvin: He’s a tough guy. Beating Rolles Gracie is a good win, that’s a prestigious name to beat, and taking the fight on short notice shows the pure fighter in him. As far as me matching up well against him, I think I match up well. I’ll have a height and weight advantage on him, and I’m not a small heavyweight by any means. I think as strikers we’ll match up well, because we’re both ready to stand up and fight.
Pro MMA Now: In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Beltran made the comment “We’re definitely not going to be in Kentucky anymore and he’s not going to have someone in front of him wearing jeans and a wifebeater. He’s going to have a legit fighter in front of him, we’re going to see what this kid is made of.” What do you have to say about that?
Chad Corvin: It’s funny [laughs]. I can’t help but laugh at it, because my last fight was in Knoxville, TN, the one before that was in Tampa, FL. People have these stereotypes about Kentucky, and not everybody was corn fed and raised on a farm, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but if that’s what he thinks Kentucky is about, he’s got another thing coming. It’s his opinion and he’s got a right to it [laughs]. I’ll do my talking in the cage.
Pro MMA Now: Obviously you have fought places other than Kentucky, how do you feel about making your UFC debut in Montreal?
Chad Corvin: I’m pretty excited about it. Getting to see one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it’s like a vacation for me even though I’m going there to work. It’s a place I probably never would’ve gotten to see if I weren’t doing what I am now. It’s a chance to see the world, meet some new people, have fun, and try to go out and make some money. I’m excited about it, can’t wait.
Best of luck to Corvin in his debut. Given the propensity of both Corvin and Beltran to favor a striking game and quick finishes, viewers could likely see this fight end up being broadcast between fights on the main card with a highlight reel finish. I doubt anyone will predict it to go the distance.
By: Brian Furby