When it comes to naming the best MMA camps you would be remiss if you didn’t put the Blackzilians in your top 10.
Though the Blackzilians do not compare favorably to Jackson MMA or AKA or the Brazillian loaded, Black House the camp is growing in fame and talent.
Last week the Blackzilians added a legend to their roster when Vitor Belfort joined their ranks.
President of Authentic Sports Management, the Blackzilians parent company, announced the signing.
“As one of the early champions in the UFC and one of the most popular fighters in the world today, it is an honor to call Vitor Belfort a Blackzilian,” said Robinson. “Yesterday it was announced that he will fight for the title at UFC 152. Everyone here at ASM will do whatever it takes to ensure he has the best training camp and exits the Octagon on September 22 as the new UFC light heavyweight champion.”
Rashad Evans will serve as Belfort’s head coach as he prepares for a light heavyweight title bout with Jon Jones.
Is Evans a great coach? Being a contender himself, what will happen after the fight?
Vitor Belfort’s signing is a clear indication that Evans still has dislike for Jones. It is unclear if Evans will corner during the bout but that dynamic is interesting to watch.
The Blackzillian lineup extends past Evans and Belfort.
Also training with them is Alistair Overeem, a heavyweight title contender who will probably face the heavyweight champion once his suspension comes to an end.
Eddie Alvarez recently joined the team as well. The former Bellator champion will be a UFC lightweight contender the day that he steps into the Octagon.
UFC veterans, Melvin Guilard and Anthony Johnson call the Boca Raton based gym home as well.
Guilard is coming off a loss but it was fight of the night nonetheless. If he could ever grow a ground game he would be a title contender.
Up-and-coming lightweight, Michael Johnson trains there. He’s a name to watch over the next few years.
The Blackzilians have a diverse cross section of talented fighters. They are not a top five gym to this point in their short history but with a dynamic finish to the year the camp can thrust its name up there with the top gyms in the nation.