Binns Management has many big named fighters on their list if clients. Bellator fighters Sammy Oropeza and Will Martinez Jr. have been known in the 215MMA scene for a while now. A Bellator fighter under the Binns Management umbrella that you might not have heard though, is "Crazy" Mike Mucitelli. Mucitelli is an undefeated Light Heavyweight fighter from Syracuse, NY fighting in Bellator MMA. Mike Mucitelli will be taking on Jeff Nader at Bellator 98 at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, September 7th.
Mucitelli started his MMA career with CES MMA. He made his Professional debut against a fighter who was 5-1 by the name of Steve Skrzat. Before this fight, Skrzat had won 4 of his 5 victories via Knockout or TKO inside of 2 rounds. It took one round with Mucitelli for the doctor to stop the fight. Mucitelli won by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) after the first round. Mucitelli's next fight was at Matrix Fights 6 in Philadelphia, where he took on Eddie Hardison. It took Mucitelli less than 2 minutes to finish Hardison with a Rear Naked Choke submission. After two impressive showings at CES MMA and Matrix Fights, Bellator MMA noticed him and decided to sign him to the Bellator roster.
Since joining Bellator MMA, Mucitelli has won three consecutive fights, remaining undefeated at 5-0. What makes those victories even more impressive, is they all came via first round submission. Mucitelli started off his Bellator career with a three minute Triangle Choke Submission victory over the then undefeated Matt Van Buren (5-0 at the time). He then went on to defeat Matt Uhde (3-1 at the time) via Armbar in just 26 seconds, and followed that victory with an Armbar Submission victory over Brent Dillingham, just 2 minutes and 48 seconds into Round 1.
I got to speak with Mike Mucitelli, on what got him into MMA and about his upcoming fight.
Kyle Holdsworth: What got you into the sport of MMA?
Mike Mucitelli: Always been interested in MMA. All other combat sports always seemed too limited to me. MMA had that real freedom that any art could contribute. The old days of Karate vs. Judo and whatnot on VHS were a great way to start interest. Then it really took off, silly enough, with a MMA video game for Xbox (the ORIGINAL Xbox), that I played endlessly really took my obsession up a level.
KH: How has your life changed since you started competing in MMA?
MM: My life has changed completely since MMA. After my college football career ended, I had gotten into some pretty bad habits. I had fallen completely out of shape, picked up a pretty.. significant drinking habit, and had fallen into depression. With MMA originally, I found a way to chase dreams again, a reason to stay in shape, to not go out on weekends or stay out late. Since I've turned Pro, it's become much more than that. I've found a leadership role in my school, I've taken on teaching roles, and I'm in full control of my career. With MMA, I didn't need a prestigious college or to know the "right names" to move forward. It all just depends on how hard you want to work.
KH: What has been your favorite memory of MMA so far?
MM: My favorite memory has to be my Bellator debut. I was a huge underdog, I took the fight on one weeks notice, and I beat an undefeated hot prospect in the first round. It was an absolute unbelievable, indescribable feeling. Just a few months before that, I hadn't fought in over a year and I had thought about walking away from the sport forever. Now I'm fighting on a worldwide broadcast in the big leagues. It's surreal at times.
KH: What do you know/think about your opponent Jeff Nader?
MM: Nader is going to be a tough opponent. He is notoriously difficult to finish, and won't fade. His striking style is unpredictable and almost awkward, but is very dangerous. I think my significant height and reach advantage will give him lots of difficulty on the standup game and I'm very confident that if it goes to the ground I will be able to end it with another submission.
KH: What goals have you set so far for youself in MMA?
MM: In MMA, I want to be the best. That's where you have to set your goals. If you don't bother shooting for the top, why try? I want to hold a World Title. I want to put my school on the World map. I want to make it worthwhile for all the people that have supported me. And I want to buy my mom a [Jaguar] someday.
KH: What do you hope Bellator does with you if you get past Jeff Nader?
MM: After Nader I want a tournament shot. I've proven myself in Bellator as a competitor and an exciting fighter. But it's not up to me. I understand that my record isn't the biggest out there, and is short by some comparison, so if they want me to keep racking up wins before a tournament shot, that's fine by me. I'll do what's necessary and let my fighting earn my way.
KH: Sounds like you have a very bright future ahead of you. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions Mike.
MM: Happy to answer. I'd like to thank my family, my school Tai Kai, and friends that have had faith in me and supported me throughout my journey. This is a high stress career choice and I'm not bringing much back to the table for others. It's not easy for others to understand shooting for such a wild and longshot of a dream, so thank you.
You can tune into the Bellator 98 Prelims on SpikeTV.com.