The Blackzilians is one of the most star-studded teams in MMA today. Based out of Boca Raton, Florida, it is a stable bannered by the likes of Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, and Eddie Alvarez.
But apparently, talks are circulating about the team already splitting up. On Monday, Henri Hooft made an announcement on Instagram about his departure, after six years as the head striking coach.
Former light heavyweight champion and long-time member Rashad Evans also appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, where he talked in detail about how the team broke into factions between Hooft and owner Glenn Robinson.
“The truth of the matter is, the team is splintered, the team is fragmented,” Evans said (via MMA Fighting). “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.”
There was also a brewing rift within the members of the team, in which Evans admitted to have eventually grown sick of. It even came to a point where his training was also affected.
“You got to understand, it was so, so much drama. It was so much drama. It was worse than ten high schools put together, a bunch of gossiping,” Evans said. “It was really just a buzzkill to go into the gym at some point.”
“And that’s why, in my last camp with Kennedy, I had like a nomad mentality when it came to training. Every single day I was like, I’ll be here, or I’ll be there, because I didn’t want to go into the gym. And I would go to the gym sometimes to get some good sparring with those guys, but I wasn’t there everyday. I just made my own schedule, and I stuck to my own schedule and did my own thing.”
Evans’ interview begins at the 50:13 mark of the video.