Although Rashad Evans, several other fighters and striking coach Henri Hooft have reportedly left the Blackzilians, the team’s owner says they will be continue to be a top tier organization.
On a recent episode of the “MMA Hour“, Evans confirmed that he’s no longer training with the Boca Raton team. Evans reported that himself, Anthony Johnson, Gilbert Burns, Michael Johnson and Kamaru Usman have left the Blackzilians to train with Hooft. The latter also announced on Instagram that day he’s left the team.
Evans cited “drama” and the selling of their training facility, as reasons why he departed. Since then, Blackzilians owner Glenn Robinson spoke with MMA Junkie, and he relayed that the team is going to continue, despite the departures. Robinson also said that they will continue to be an “incredible organization”.
Robinson acknowledged that there has been some issues amongst the team, since he was will for several months, and that he returned to “nothing but problems”. He also reportedly conceded that the transition to a new permanent, training facility was delayed.
The owner was also quoted saying:
“Some of the guys I’m very close with, like Anthony. I’m going to stay in this sport because I care about them,” Robinson said. “And there were people I’m not close with – they had this air of, ‘I deserve,’ not, ‘I should earn.’ I had young guys asking me for cars that weren’t even in the UFC. I got fed up with it.
“So there were a lot of people I didn’t really want to work with anymore, and this allowed me to come in and clean house. I would have liked it to have worked out with Henri, but it didn’t work out.”
It will be interesting to see what unfolds with the team moving forward. There’s no question the Blackzilians were one of the top camps in the game.