The 'Blackzilians’ bolster training staff, hire wrestling and boxing Olympic gold medalists as coaches


After a rough couple of months, the "Blackzilians" mixed martial arts (MMA) team has added wrestling and boxing Olympic gold medal winners to its coaching staff. But will the moves prove to be winning formulas?

If it's broke, fix it.

The "Blackzilians" bolstered their training staff by adding a couple of high-level athletes and a seasoned boxing coach to the Florida-based mixed martial arts (MMA) training camp.

Coincidentally enough, the move comes after a string of losses from some of its top stars including Alistair Overeem, Rashad Evans, Melvin Guillard, Jorge Santiago and Matt Mitrione.

According to the team's website, the new additions include seasoned boxing coach Pedro Diaz, former three-time NCAA All American and Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Kenny Monday and Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time boxing Olympic gold medalist.

Monday honed his skills at wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State University, where he won the national title in 1984 before going on to win an Olympic gold medal in 1988 for the United States. He also grabbed the silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

To assist head coach Henri Hooft in the striking department, the team hired Diaz -- trainer to former WBA light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto -- and Cuban-born bantamweight boxer Rigondeaux, winner of gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Rigondeaux is also the current WBA Super Bantamweight Champion and has yet to taste defeat, boasting a perfect 11-0 record.

Not all is bad with the fight team, however, as Tyrone Spong and Anthony Johnson have provided wins and a moral boost to the reeling squad in their previous outings against Remy Bonjaski and Andrei Arlovski, respectively.

But, will the addition of two Olympic-gold medalists and a seasoned boxing coach be enough to provide winning results for the rest of the Blackzilians?

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