The Blackzilians fight team is going through some changes.
According to one of the founding members of the Florida-based camp, Rashad Evans, the team had been going through some turmoil over the last year, which ultimately led fighters to go their separate ways.
On top of that, their gym was actually sold and plans to acquire another one never saw the light of the day, leaving members of the camp to train in a temporary facility, while others decided to follow striking coach, Henri Hooft.
"The truth of the matter is, the team is splintered, the team is fragmented," Evans said on a recent appearance on The MMA Hour (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."
As far as the personal beefs within the team, Evans wouldn’t go into details, but did say that the drama was too much for him, and ultimately affected his training.
"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," he added.
"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."
"I mean, at the end of the day, I got so sick and tired of going into the gym and having to put out these fires, and there was so much drama, and everybody jockeying and pushing for position," he said. "I was just like, yo, I just want to train, man. And there’s a lot of other guys that just want to train, and that’s what the team was made for. So we could have a great training environment. But you start bringing everything else into it and all the drama, it just got exhausting," concluded Evans.
Rashad says he still trains with most members of the team, but didn’t reveal if he’d be joining another major fight team down the road, as he admitted it’s now what it once was. If you recall, "Suga" had a falling out with famed Jackson-Wink MMA camp back in 2011, leaving the team to train in Florida after his friendship with former 205-pound champion Jon Jones turned sour.
Rashad is eying a return to action this Spring after his scheduled bout against Tim Kennedy -- who recently called it quits — was cancelled due to an inept radiologist not doing his due diligence when it came to reading his MRI.
As for the aforementioned Hooft, he took to Instagram to confirm he had parted ways with the camp.