The Blackzilians haven’t been around long and are more like hired mercenaries than a crew developing chemistry over years of sweating alongside one another on the mats, but that doesn’t make the team any less dangerous. Matt Mitrione is one of many members with ties to the UFC or Top 10 rankings such as Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Alistair Overeem, and Rashad Evans. With a beautiful setting in South Florida and a gang of greats, it’s definitely a destination worth exploring for any competitor lucky enough to get an invite.
Every field of business has a handful of companies seen as industry leaders, and MMA is no different. Not only do certain promotions rise to the top, but a select group of gyms consistently produce or play home to high-level competitors. For example, consider the lineup for UFC 165 where many of the show’s biggest stars represent elite organizations known for training the best Mixed Martial Artists in the world. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)