Rashad Evans is reporting that he’s no longer training with the Blackzilians, and that several other big name fighters have left the renowned team.
If you’re a big time fan, then you know that for a few years now, the Blackzilians have been one of the top teams in all of MMA. The Boca Raton, Florida, based camp has been the home gym for fighters like Michael Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. Other stars like Matt Mitrione, Eddie Alvarez and Alistair Overeem also trained with the Blackzilians at one juncture.
Well, recently Evans appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the former light-heavyweight champ was asked about the state of the team. “Suga” reported the following (quote via MMA Fighting):
“The truth of the matter is, the team is splintered, the team is fragmented,” Evans said. “It just became a very hard thing for Glenn to kind of keep his grasp as far as keeping everyone together. Henri [Hooft] wanted to throw his brand into his own thing and it just wasn’t matching up with where Glenn wanted to go. That’s part of the fragment, but another part of it was that we didn’t have a gym anymore.
“Our gym was sold, and Glenn was supposed to build another gym and I guess they moved into a temporary gym. There was some kind of falling out with the temporary gym, so then part of the team stayed at the temporary gym and more than half of the team went with Henri. I was one of those guys that went with Henri.”
Later on Monday, Henri Hooft confirmed on Instagram that he’s left the team. Evans also said that in addition to himself, Anthony Johnson, Michael Johnson, Usman and Burns have left the Blackzilians to train with Hooft. The 37 year-old also said he got sick of all the “drama” that was apparently going down.
Evans stopped short of saying that the Blackzilians no longer exist, so it will be interesting to see what unfolds from here. The veteran fighter also reported that he hopes to fight soon. Evans is coming off a KO loss to Glover Teixeira last April.