They were a “superteam” that seemingly sprouted out of Florida’s swamps to give top-level fighters a place to train. And now they’re dead.
Yeah, I’m talking about the Blackzillians, who once honed the skills of Rashad Evans, Eddie Alvarez and others, and now… well, read this piece by Chuck Mindenhall over at MMAFighting. Here’s a sample:
The Blackzilians aren’t dead. Not according to the group’s original architect, Glenn Robinson, who built the first iteration of the South Florida “superteam” out of wayward fighters looking for a new beginning. Then again, nobody’s quite sure what the Blackzilians actually are anymore. Not even Robinson, the owner of Authentic Sports Management, who in early 2017 finds himself trying to visualize new mansions growing out of rubble.
That’s because as of early January, just days after his contract come to an end, primary coach Henri Hooft officially parted ways with Robinson and formed his own team at Combat Club MMA in Lantana, Fla., some 20 minutes from where the team had been hubbed for the last five years in Boca Raton. Following Hooft to the new confines were many of the brand name fighters that comprised the Blackzilians’ identity — Anthony Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Rashad Evans, the latter who fights Daniel Kelly on Saturday night at UFC 209 in Las Vegas.