Binns Management is one of the top MMA management companies on the East Coast. Further proof of that is there are a total of 7 (yes SEVEN) Binns Management clients fighting on the upcoming Bellator MMA 118 fight card at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on May 2nd. One of those clients is none other than Bellator MMA veteran Jay Haas. Haas is a 24 fight veteran, and has fought for well-known MMA promotions including Bellator MMA, CFFC, Shogun Fights, and Xtreme Caged Combat. Haas will be facing off against a familiar foe in Lester Caslow at Bellator MMA 118: Dantas vs. Warren. I had the chance to speak with Haas on his upcoming fight, how he got into MMA, and his new manager Jimmy Binns Jr:
Kyle Holdsworth: What's your relationship with Jimmy Binns Jr. like? How do you think signing with Binns Management is going to benefit your career?
Jay Haas: As far as me and Jimmy, our relationship in the sport is new. I've been around a bit in MMA as you can tell with my record, and have been screwed over many times and had up and downs. With this last loss, I really put deep thought into where to go from here and I came across Binns Management. They have a great reputation and have a great stable of guys, so I contacted Jimmy Binns Jr. and we hit it off. I really look forward to the future with him as my manager and I'm super pumped!
KH: When did you first notice the sport of MMA, and what made you decide this was the sport you wanted to be apart of?
JH: I first really saw the sport in high school as a wrestler. The first fight I watched was Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar. I remember thinking to myself, "Why the hell would anyone ever do that to themselves?" Fast forward, I lost my College Wrestling opportunities to being a dumb kid and figured I'd try to get my workouts through MMA. I went to Blackman MMA in Harrisburg, PA for a free class ( scared s***less haha). I sparred the first day and was hooked. About six years later and here I am!
KH: Who would you say was/is your inspiration for fighting?
JH: At first, my inspiration was my love for one on one competition. When I got further into it, I realized I could make a living doing what I love and support my family. My fiancé and three little ones are my main inspirations now.
KH: What is your ultimate goal for your career in Mixed Martial Arts?
JH: My ultimate goal is to fight at the big show, and give everything I have to this sport until I'm no longer able to.
KH: You're getting back into the cage on May 2nd at Bellator MMA 118, fighting at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. How does it feel fighting so close to home and on such a big stage?
JH: Fighting for Bellator MMA again is a blessing. I don't have the best record and they keep giving me great opportunities to prove myself in what I believe one of our sports biggest stages. For that I'm greatful. It just lets me know there's people who know I'm better than I've shown.
KH: You're facing off against Lester Caslow again for the second time in your career. The first time it didn't go your way. What are your thoughts on your opponent and what are your predictions for the fight this time around?
JH: As far as fighting Lester Caslow again, I can't really look back on our fight because that's the past. I have taken some time off and dealt with my demons, which was a big struggle in my career in the past. This fight, I'm going in clear headed and expect to come out on top!
Jay Haas along with seven other Binns Management clients, will be fighting at Bellator MMA 118 on May 2nd at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Fellow Binns Management client and 215MMA fighter Sam "Sammy O" Oropeza will be fighting in the co-main event, and will be looking to advance to the finals of the Season 10 Bellator MMA Welterweight $100K tournament (ARTICLE ON SAMMY O'S FIGHT HERE). If interested in buying tickets go to either Bellator.com or go 'like' the 215MMA Facebook Page and send a message inquiring about tickets.
For more information on Binns Management go to the Official Binns Management website.