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:
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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