A lot can change in just one day.
After an undefeated amateur MMA career and an impressive 3-0 start to his professional career, Dee Logue (3-1) had his sights set on a future on the sport’s biggest stage.
Back in April 2019, Logue, 26, was set to face his toughest test to date in Shawn Wallace for the Elite 1 MMA lightweight title. Logue would go on to drop a unanimous decision to Wallace in a fight he believed he won.
Logue hasn’t competed since that defeat, and said he lost some of his passion for the sport following the loss.
“With the last loss and the way it went down, it took a lot of my drive for the sport away. When decisions like that happen, it kind of rubs you the wrong way,” said Logue in an interview with MMA Empire.
“It made me lose motivation and drive, and now I’m set back. I still train quite often, but I’m not training like I have a fight, I’m not training like I’m in my prime, and I’m not training like a person who had all these goals.”
But despite the recent loss of motivation, Logue said he hasn’t completely ruled out a return to his pursuit of reaching the pinnacle of MMA.
He said the the outcome of his next fight will play a large role in determining his future in MMA.
“My next opponent, my next fight and how well I perform will probably be the deciding factor on my future.
“I don’t like to think of MMA as my only thing or only option, and I’m not going to continue to fight if I just keep taking damage.”
Leighton hopes Logue regains fire
Logue’s first coach when he first started training on the Woodstock First Nation reserve in New Brunswick was local professional fighter Dustin Leighton.
Although they don’t work together as often nowadays, Leighton said he hopes to see Logue regain the motivation and drive he once had because he believes his former student has great potential in the sport.
“What surprises me is this Shawn Wallace kid he lost to, you’re going to see him in the UFC soon. Shawn’s already training with guys in the UFC, and he’s going to be next. And Dee’s right behind him,” said Leighton in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I really hope Dee doesn’t lose his motivation for this because he has potential to make it to the top.”
It’s rare to see a fighter, even the best in the world, go their entire career without suffering a loss.
And although it was hard on Logue at the time, and still to this day, Leighton said he believes it could actually be beneficial in the long run.
“In the fight game, you almost have to have that loss to get better and to get hungry again,” said Leighton.
“For him being so young and on a winning streak, it put a lot of pressure on him. He was kind of the big thing around a small town. I would say it (the loss) took a lot of pressure off him. He doesn’t have that winning streak to keep up to anymore; now he can just focus on each fight.”
Logue a natural
Logue first began training with Leighton at 16 years old, with no initial intention of ever stepping inside a ring or cage. Logue said he initially got involved in martial arts for self defence purposes.
But after Leighton convinced him to take that first amateur fight, and after his success in that debut, Logue said he just fell in love with it.
“It was always just a self defence thing; I wanted to be able to defend myself because I was a smaller guy in my high school years,” said Logue.
“But then I just became obsessed with it. There was a point where I thought that was going to be all I was going to do, and it was my main thing.”
In addition to still residing in Woodstock, Logue also has a home in Florida, holding both Canadian and U.S. citizenship.
When in Florida, Logue trains at American Top Team (ATT), one of the most high-level MMA gyms in the entire country.
Logue said being able to train at ATT is an amazing experience, but also feels the need to mix in time at his gym in New Brunswick, Synergy Training Centre.
“I get to train with so many guys; it’s a great experience for that.
“If I could set it up the way I want it, I would go in there for three-month camps, and then come back home to finish up my camp and have people specifically dedicated to me. At ATT, I’m not noticed enough yet. It would take some time for me to get noticed and to get the time and dedication I need from the coaches.”
With Woodstock being such a small community, Logue is one of the very few professional athletes residing there.
Logue said he takes a lot of pride in representing where he’s from whenever he makes the walk to the cage, and sometimes feels like he’s representing more than just Woodstock.
“I almost like to think of it as representing just First Nations in general.
“My whole plan was to break into the market in the United States after winning the belt against Shawn Wallace, but things got stifled there. Then I would’ve been representing Canada. That was always on my mind; I like the idea of representing a whole population of people.”