As a writer who has made a career out of doing interviews and features, I have come to learn that timing means everything. When fighters are locked in the repetitive media grind of fight week or in the middle of cutting weight, there are times when getting through a basic pre-fight interview can be a grueling affair for both parties involved.
Unfortunately, with the hectic schedule of recent years, sometimes those chaotic, fading moments surrounding fight week are the only windows of opportunity to get the quotes you need for a story.
Before the interview ever takes place, you know the fighter you are about to speak with has been asked a variation of the same 10 questions over and over and is heading into your phone call dreading to hear those questions asked one more time save for a different voice on the line. Out of this scenario, the "Atypical Pre-Fight Interview" was born.
As writers, we understand the reality of this situation, but the pre-fight interview is a necessary evil, and that is why the fighters involved sit through a storm of them. But every person involved in the process approaches the situation differently, and when a unique scenario opens up, a beautiful dance into the obscure can be had.