Joey Beltran Talks Debut, UFC 113 in Montreal and Opponent Chad Corvin
The UFC is set to travel to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
UFC 113 features a highly anticipated re-match between current light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Today, the organization announced the addition of a heavyweight bout pitting Joey Beltran(11-3) against UFC newcomer Chad Corvin(6-0).
Beltran made his organizational debut at UFC 109, where he filled in on short notice to take on Rolles Gracie whom he defeated by second round TKO. Beltran spoke to Bleacher Report about his octagon debut saying.
"It was huge, winning my first fight in the UFC was a big deal to me. Most people seen how my last fight went, I took zero damage and I’ve been in the gym non-stop since that following Monday."
The 6'2", 230 Beltran has fought seven times in a 13 month span. In addition to defeating Rolles Gracie, he owns TKO victories over the likes of Houston Alexander, Wes Combs, and Sherman Pendergarst in that span.
His newest opponent Chad Corvin trains out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and will make his way to the organization sporting a undefeated record. Corvin is heavy handed and brings a strong striking game into this bout but Beltran believes his style matches up just perfect.
"I’m very excited for this fight, I think my skill set matches up perfectly with this guy. I think it’s going to be great for the fans. My cardio and the pace I push is always my biggest weapon and of course being up here with Brandon (Vera), Phil (Davis), and Shannon (Gugerty) is just going to be an added bonus."
Corvin is considered by many to be one of the biggest prospects in the heavyweight division. However, the prospect has experienced a long layoff which will be 15 months long come fight night and Beltran believes that will play into his advantage.
"I’m definitely not the fighter you want to step in the cage with after a 15 month layoff. Especially, this is my fourth or fifth fight in the last few months. It’s all kind of been a blur it’s all been happening so fast."
With that being said many UFC many fighters experience pre-fight jitters and Beltran believes that this will play to his advantage in this fight.
"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," Beltran said.
"My coaches know, my teammates know what I bring to the table so it’s only time before the world, the writers, the media know. I know I’m the underdog and he’s the blue chip prospect and I relish that role. I love destroying peoples dreams."
In preparation for the bout, Beltran is currently in Big Bear, California training alongside his Alliance Training Center teammates and Coach Eric Del Fierro.