I'd recommend what you're about to see to anyone who is on Bleacher Report because they love or are interested in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
There are always a number of questions that we want to ask an MMA athlete, but we never think in our wildest dreams that we're going to get the chance when we first put out articles.
From personal experience, I can say I never thought I'd be able to do an interview with an MMA fighter, but the chance to do so is pretty exciting.
What I've compiled here are ten questions that I feel every MMA fighter should be asked in an interview.
This Friday, I'll be conducting an interview with Kendall "Da Spyda" Grove in regards to his middleweight bout with Goran Reljic at UFC 116 on July 3rd, so rest assured, Bleacher-holics, that I am incorporating at least one or more of these questions into my pre-fight piece.
If anyone in the B/R MMA community should be curious as to what questions to ask, allow me to lend you a few ideas so that you know where to kick it off.
Keep in mind that I only have done one interview with a pro MMA fighter, and in no way do I consider myself an expert.
Let's just clarify that right now. I'm no expert in interviews, and I'm not a veteran MMA writer.
I've written about forty articles for B/R, and I'm not even in my twenties yet.
Like you all, I'm just a person with an opinion, and a unique one at that. That's why I joined Bleacher Report—because I enjoyed reading and hearing legit opinions on MMA related things as opposed to "keyboard warriors".
If I can help at least one person to prepare for the day that they do have to interview someone, however, then at least I know that there's someone I was able to help in their journey to become the best at what they do.
Especially if that journey one day leads them to be in positions where voices like Jon Anik and Kenny Rice have been, or even if it helps them be in places that Ariel Helwani has been, the aim of this is to inspire you to set yourself up for the day when you're on one end of a phone conversation, and at the other end is one of this sport's pound for pound kings.
So whether you see something of that magnitude in your future or not, I implore you all to have yourself a glimpse at this.
You never know until you give it a try, after all.