Welterweight Matt Secor, 9-4, takes on rising prospect Logan Storley tonight (November 3) at Bellator 186 and is hellbent on snapping the decorated wrestler’s six-fight unbeaten record.
Secor, like the rest of the MMA world, watched Zach Freeman hit the brakes on Aaron Pico’s momentum, derailing the hype train in the process, and feels he can do something similar to Storley at Penn State on Friday.
Ahead of the fight, Secor took the time to answer the questions of Fighters Only contributor Tony Reid.
Question: You are taking on Logan Storley – a talented kid Bellator seem ready to groom to be the next big thing ala Aaron Pico – at Bellator 186 tomorrow night. What are your thoughts on the matchup?
Matt Secor: Didn’t Pico lose? Well, that’s the plan.
Q: How do you visualize the scrap playing out?
MS: That’s one of those loaded questions. I am just going to go in there and react. I’m going to maintain my distance and we are going to make him make the mistake. I am comfortable wherever the fight goes. If he wants to stand, we can stand. If he wants to go to the ground, well, that’s fine with me. I’m not going to get outclassed. I can tell you that right now. He’s 6-0 and he has fought all cans. My four losses are against guys that are actually really good MMA fighters. I have beaten really good MMA fighters. There are levels to this game. If he’s tough enough, cool. If not, well, I will tell you right now I will give it 110% and I am going to leave everything I have in there. I have 15 people driving six and a half hours to come watch me fight. That’s insane. We got it covered.
Q: What are your thoughts on Bellator today?
MS: They treat me awesome. I have no complaints. They treat me phenomenally. They are very professional. As long as they want to keep having me fight I will keep fighting.
Q: Do you feel like Bellator is the cool kid in town right now?
MS: I fight wherever the fights are. I’m a black and white, dude. I fight where the good fights are. I want the tough fights. I want the ones that challenge me. I don’t want the easy ones. I don’t want to fight people that are 1-5.
Q: Logan appears to be a good fight. Not to look past him, but a win over a rising star puts you in a really good place. Would you agree?
MS: I was supposed to fight Josh Koscheck and that fight never happened. I take every fight seriously. I am ready for every aspect of every fight I have ever been in.
Q: Koscheck is a big name. Storley is a potential future star. Either Bellator hates you or they are trying to give you the tough fights you want. How do you feel about that?
MS: Whatever. If they want to hate me and pay me, that’s cool. I don’t care if they like me or not. I was a bullied kid, so I wasn’t liked that much anyway. We have always fought out of town, so it’s not like we are liked anywhere we fight anyway. It’s a feeling we are used to.
Q: What’s it like going into every fight as the bad guy or the away team?
MS: Normal. I fought fifteen times before I fought in my “hometown” in my last fight, which was over two hours away. It’s just normal. I don’t pay attention to that s**t. We call it peripheral distractions. I have a job to do on November 3rd at 6pm and I have fifteen minutes to get my job done. That’s all I’m worried about. When I turn it on I turn it on.
Q: You have an interesting mindset. Can you share it with us?
MS: Adversity makes soldiers into kings. You can sit there and look at things in a negative way or you can look at them in a positive way. I am very positive. I get to do this. I don’t have to do this. At the end of the day, I am a fighter at heart. I will fight Logan Storley in the motherf***ing parking lot. I wouldn’t even care if I got paid. That’s just who I am. I have always had the fighting spirit in my heart.