Chad Corvin vs. Joey Beltran at UFC 113

by Greg Crews | source:

Chad Corvin has known for some time who he will face in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.

Last week the he found out when and where that fight would take place.

The lineup for “UFC 113” was announced Thursday with Corvin squaring off with Joey Beltran in the second match of the 10-bout fight card set for May 8 in Montreal.

“We knew who was in the works the whole time, we were just waiting for it to be announced,” said Corvin, a former Central Hardin High School, KY wrestler, who trains with Elizabethtown-based Etown Beatdown. “We knew who it would be, we just had to wait for them to put it up on their Web site. So, it was kind of a big deal, getting to see my name on there.”

While Corvin’s first fight in the UFC is scheduled to be a preliminary bout, he will get plenty of exposure as he climbs into the octagon at the Bell Center, the home of the NHL Montreal Canadiens, which seats around 22,000.

“It’s exciting, I guess. It really hasn’t hit me yet,” Corvin said. “When I fly up there and get ready to get into the ring, that’s when it will start to get to me.”

The fight pits a pair of up-and-coming heavyweights against each other. Corvin, 24, has a professional record of 6-0, defeating all of his opponents within 99 seconds in the first round. Beltran, 28, is 11-3 with a 1-0 record in the UFC. Beltran is coming off a TKO victory over highly-touted Rolles Gracie.

While Beltran has more experience, Corvin will certainly have the size advantage. Beltran is listed at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, while Corvin is 6-5 and 253 pounds.

“I think I match up pretty good,” Corvin said. “I got about three inches and quite a few pounds. He’s a smaller heavyweight. I’m not a huge one by any means, but I’m much bigger.

“It should be a good match,” he added. “He’s pretty much a striker and I’m pretty much just mean."

“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 wife-beater (shirt),” he said. “He’s going to have a legit fighter in front of him. We’re going to see what this kid is made of.”

Corvin said he had read Beltran’s comments, but laughed them off.

“Yeah, I saw the stuff about the blue jeans and wife-beaters, but my last two fights were in Tennessee and Florida, so he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about,” Corvin said. “It kind of motivates you. He’s gonna say some things. … I guess I’ll talk once I’m in the ring.”

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