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Interview with Binns Mgmt's Rob Sullivan fighting at CES MMA XXII on March 14th!

Binns Management is one of the top MMA agencies on the East Coast, and it's continuing to grow.. Binns Management client and Baltimore, Maryland native Robert Sullivan (3-1) has been scheduled to fight for CES MMA, on their upcoming fight card CES MMA: XXII. Sullivan will be taking on Brandon Fleming (2-2) in a Bantamweight bout on March 14th in Lincoln, Rhode Island. I got a chance to speak with Binns Management client Sullivan about how he got into MMA, his relationship with Binns Management, and about his upcoming CES MMA fight:

CES MMA: XXII poster
Binns Management client Robert Sullivan after his Bellator MMA 108 victory
Bellator MMA

Kyle Holdsworth: What made you want to become a Professional Mixed Martial Artist?

Robert: Sullivan: Well I always juggled playing in a band and wrestling growing up. After high-school I got to tour the world for a while screaming at people. Somewhere in the middle of all that I started doing BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) which lead me to Kickboxing. When the band finally called it a day, I decided I wasn't really ready for the shackles of a wife and kids. Fighting people for money seemed like a good thing to do. Honestly, I just really missed competition. My mentality even in a band was to tour as hard as I could, to stay on tour as long as possible, and just go f*****g hard. I apply that mentality to anything I enjoy doing.

KH: How did you come to be in business with Jimmy Binns Jr. and how has it helped your career so far?

RS: My gym here in Baltimore, Baltimore BJJ, is a Balance Studios (owned by Phil & Ricardo Migliarese) affiliate. From about the first 5 months of me turning my attention to MMA, I frequently came up to Philadelphia to get some work in at Balance. I had met Jimmy a few times here and there, and I knew he was capable of getting me the right fights. After my second Pro fight we sat down and talked. It seemed like a no-brainer.

KH: How did it feel to fight on such a big stage like Bellator MMA, and go home with a well earned victory?

RS: I honestly felt a little nervous at first, which had a lot more to do with how rushed everything felt. Being the first match caused for a lot of stress I wasn't used to. Obviously they have to play to a TV schedule so it was just different. I sorta had to wake up mid-round. The win felt great. It was one of those fights I came home with a lot to work on and knew I wanted to change some things in camp. All and all a very exciting and educational experience.

KH: You've fought for CES MMA before, how does it feel to be fighting for them again?

RS: I can't say enough about the professionalism of CES MMA. Patrick and everyone there really have their s**t together. They take care of the fighters, and the production value is tip top. I'm very excited to get back up there.

KH: You're fighting Brandon Fleming at CES MMA 22. How do you see this fight going and what's your prediction?

RS: Well Brandon [Fleming] was a stand out wrestler, and he looks solid. He fights as a south paw which is annoying but I'm used to it now. This fight is really interesting to me, because I usually eventually get my take down. I take what is given to me, and if it's presented I'll go for it. With his background it might be a tougher fight in that respect. This should be a stand-up fight with our wrestling negating one another. It should be fun.

Binns Management client Robert Sullivan steps inside the CES MMA cage once again, against Brandon Fleming at CES MMA: XXII on March 14th, at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

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