By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fan? Today I had the chance to sit down with undefeated pro-MMA fighter Logan Storley. Logan is toting a perfect 5-0 record with all five wins coming via way of KO/TKO. He has also recently signed with Bellator. Let’s have a seat with Logan and talk about his career and future.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Logan: It’s something I always wanted to do since I was a freshman in high school. I’ve always been very intrigued with fighting and hand to hand combat. I have been wrestling since I was 5 years old. That was one of those things that I was drawn to. I always liked the competition. Since watching in high school I knew I could compete with those guys. I watched wrestlers doing well and there was no doubt in my mind that it was what I wanted to do. I knew I could compete with those guys wrestling wise when I was in high school. My wrestling was better than some of these guys in the UFC at that time.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Logan: My sophomore year in high school I began training. It wasn’t a lot. There was a gym about 45 minutes away that I would go to. They had some striking, light sparring, BJJ, and things like that. It wasn’t a very big thing and I wasn’t super serious at that time. It was fun.
Nick: What camps have you trained with and how long have you been with them?
Logan: I trained at Power MMA for my first four fights. I was at Xtreme Couture for one year and now I am doing my training camp with Combat Club. I have been with them for the past four months.
Nick: What inspired you to take up professional MMA as a career?
Logan: I think I was just attracted to it all. 15,000 screaming fans, yelling, cheering, booing, and one day being on television.
Nick: So are you ready for the big stage?
Logan: That part doesn’t bother me. The big fights will come. The large crowds will come. The title fights will come. I’m here and will go out there and do my thing.
Nick: You have five professional wins all coming via way of knockout. You also have a great wrestling background and I assume that transferred into your Jiu-jitsu. Do you prefer a stand-up fight over the ground game?
Logan: They are all TKO wins. Two of them have been on the feet. The other three were ground and pound stoppages. I take it as it comes. The fans like to see guys stand up and throw and have an all out war. That’s fine with me, I will do what’s best in the fight. If the takedown is there I’ll take you down and beat you up. If it’s not we can stand up and I’ll put my hands on you.
Nick: What would you say is your best attribute is as a fighter?
Logan: My work ethic. I outwork everyone and this is all I do. I have given up a lot for this and planning on achieving my goals.
Nick: April 29, 2017, you faced a tough opponent in undefeated Andres Murray. You finished that fight 1:13 into round 1 via TKO/KO. Prior to entering the cage did you see the fight going that way?
Logan: I knew what was going to happen. He was a good guy and he was tough. He was nowhere near my level and I knew that. If the takedown was there I was going to take him down and end the fight and that’s exactly what happened. I know that these guys can’t wrestle with me and keep the pace that I keep. I know that fights will keep getting harder and longer, but I know they can’t keep the pace with me.
Nick: So you recently signed with Bellator. How great of a feeling is it to be fighting for one of the big two in the MMA world?
Logan: It feels great I’m excited about it, but I haven’t proved anything yet. I did sign a contract and I am a Bellator fighter but I have to prove it. Nothing has changed though. I don’t feel any different and I don’t act any different. It is exciting but I have to go out there and prove it. I’m not complete yet. It’s the next step for me. Once I get some wins at Bellator I will go from there.
Nick: How many fights do you have with Bellator on this contract?
Logan: I believe it is a six fight contract.
Nick: Do you know when your first fight will be and who it is against?
Logan: My first fight for Bellator will be on July 14, 2017, in Thackerville, Oklahoma. I will be facing 7-4 Kemmyelle Haley.
Nick: What advice would you give young up and coming fighters just getting into the fight game?
Logan: Have confidence in your coaches. Make sure you do the little things right. Don’t make things bigger than they are. I’ve competed in over 1000 wrestling matches so I know how to compete. You have to continue to improve and don’t get sidetracked. Stay basic and keep it simple. Put in the work and stay calm. I have learned to relax more and be calm getting into the cage.
Logan would like to thank everyone that has supported him through this journey. I wish him all the best of luck on July 14. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA