Binns Management has been signing big name after big name as of late. The premier MMA management company has been busy signing names like World Series of Fighting Light Heavyweight Kelvin Tiller, former Bellator MMA Middleweight Andreas Spang, as well as having Bellator MMA Welterweight Tournament semi-finalist Sam “Sammy O” Oropeza on their talented roster. Another top prospect is added to the long list of Binns Management fighters with the signing of undefeated up and coming Lightweight, Sidney Outlaw.
Outlaw is a Pennsylvania native and holds a Professional MMA record of 2-0. Outlaw has finished both of his opponents, one by TKO and the other by Rear-Naked Choke Submission. Outlaw has trained alongside the likes of TUF 7 contestant Dante Rivera, UFC Lightweight Edson Barboza, and Anthony Njokuani. I had the opportunity to speak to this rising star, Sidney Outlaw on him signing with premiere MMA management company Binns Management, him getting into the sport of MMA, and his upcoming fight at Bellator MMA 118 in Atlantic City, NJ:
Kyle Holdsworth: What got you interested in the sport of MMA?
Sidney Outlaw: I got into a lot of fights as a kid. Then there was this new sport of MMA. I’m just really blessed to be able to do the things I can in this sport. I’m strong, I have good endurance. I’m not going to say I’m a fighter, like I’m not an angry guy. I mean there’s always room for improvement in my life, but fighting allows me to express myself as an art. It allows me to see different things and learn different styles. It allows me to upgrade myself. Fighting is the ultimate answer for me.
KH: What’s your relationship with Jimmy Binns Jr. like and how do you think working with him is going to benefit your MMA career?
SO: It’s not really like business relationship, it’s more like a family. I think signing with Binns Management will definitely boost my career. I think it’s a smart move, and I also learn things from Jimmy as well. I learn how to be a better person, seeing how he treats me and how he treats other. I feel like this is just a big family.
KH: You’re undefeated at 2-0 with two impressive victories. In your third fight of your Professional MMA career you will be fighting for Bellator MMA. How does it feel to be fighting on such a big scale?
SO: It’s pretty big for someone like me who doesn’t have much, fighting on such a big scale. My goal is to be the best fighter, and I hope for it to happen...no it WILL happen. It’s not a shocker to me that I’m here though. For me I think all the good decisions I make will pay off, I just need to have patience. I’m just very blessed and focused.
KH: Your opponent for Bellator 118 is Mike Bannon. What do you think about your opponent and what threats does he pose for you?
SO: To be honest, I dont go in to win or lose, I go in there for people to remember my name. If I go in there to win, it’s too much pressure. I usually let my coaches do the research on my opponents. I don’t mind watching his past fights and doing some research myself so I know how to react to certain things and counter, but he’s a man just like me. We’re both human, we both bleed. I’m going in to be the best. MMA is like a science that I want to master. I’m a warrior and I have to focus on myself and what I do. I don’t know much about him, but he’s going to come in and fight just like I am. I’m going to make him remember my name, I am going to make him remember my name.
Sidney Outlaw takes on Mike Bannon on the prelims for Bellator MMA 118: Dantas vs. Warren on May 2nd. Bellator 118 will be at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ and the preliminary bouts air live on Spike.com starting at 7 PM ET.