Interviewing a fighter multiple times across a span of months or years offers some unique opportunities. One is the chance to ask a question you’ve asked before and find out if the answer has changed. This is not out of any wish to trip the interviewee up or pick at inconsistencies, and in any event it’s hard to imagine catching Logan Storley, surely one of the straightest shooters in mixed martial arts, in a “gotcha” moment. The appeal is in finding out if the answer reveals any changes in how the fighter views himself, his team, organization, opponents or even the sport itself.
Talking to the 26-year-old South Dakota native and Bellator MMA welterweight contender for a third time as he prepared to take on Ion Pascu in the co-main event of Bellator 215 this weekend offered several chances to re-ask questions, the first of which was how he felt about his last fight. It was a bit of a surprise to hear Storley — normally a harsh critic of his own performances — admit to being happy with his last fight, a second-round ground-and-pound stoppage of A.J. Matthews at Bellator 204 last August.
“It felt good,” Storley said. “Things really clicked that night and I got to positions where I wanted to be, wore him out early and got him tired, and then got to really pick him apart. So it was a good game plan, and he definitely felt the heavy pressure on top and couldn’t really do much.”