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Est. 2011
Primary trainers
  • Pedro Diaz
  • Henri Hooft
  • Jake Bonacci
  • Manny Soares
  • Jorge Santiago
  • Marcus Silva
  • Paulo Braga
Past titleholders
Training facilities Boca Raton, Florida

The Blackzilians is a professional team of fighters in mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu located in Boca Raton, Florida. They are most well known for being the team that includes former UFC light heavyweight champions 'Suga' Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort and Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

Founding of the Blackzilians[edit]

The supercamp, commonly referred to as the Blackzilians, started when MMA fighters Jorge Santiago, Danillo Villefort, Yuri Villefort, and Gesias Cavalcante decided to leave American Top Team. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Authentic Sports Management, which manages these fighters, found a small gym in Boca Raton, Florida that only had 6 guys training out of it. Robinson struck a deal with Imperial Athletics to take over rent payments on the gym. Robinson then relocated the team to the world class training facility JACO Hybrid Training Center in Boca Raton. Rashad Evans met Robinson through one of his partners, John Rubenstein, and Rashad's manager at the time Jervis Cole. Robinson and Evans hit it off and Evans asked Robinson to take over as his manager. Michael Johnson was brought in as a temporary training partner for a few weeks, and he liked the atmosphere so much he never left. As they brought in training partners for up and coming fights, the trend continued. Many of the guys brought in for a training camp decided not to leave, and the Blackzilians have become a supercamp full of a number of notable MMA fighters.[1] The name Blackzilians was coined when Strikeforce Middleweight Danillo Villefort was looking through their management's website and pointed out to Robinson that every fighter (at the time) was Black or Brazilian, and the name stuck.[2]


Henri Hooft is the head striking coach for the Blackzilians. He trained kickboxers to championship status such as Peter Aerts and Tyrone Spong.[3]

  • Pedro Diaz, Olympic Gold Medalist in Boxing, is the Head Boxing Coach
  • Jake Bonacci is the Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Manny Soares is the head Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach.
  • Jorge Santiago, UFC Veteran fighter, is the Brazilian jiu-jitsu Coach
  • Marcus Silva is the Judo Coach
  • Paulo Braga is the Physical Therapist
  • Greg Jones is the Wrestling Coach

Notable fighters[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Glenn Robinson: The Man Behind The Blackzilians". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Video: How the Blackzilians Got Its Name". 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  3. ^ Henri Hooft's profile
  4. ^ Time Till Next Fight (2013-04-03). "Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist And Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux Joins The Blackzilians, Becomes The Team’S First Pro Boxer". BlackZilians. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  5. ^ Idel Torriente's profile
  6. ^ GLORY 15: Randy 'Boom Boom' Blake talks Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, training with Tyrone Spong, and more!
  7. ^ Daniel Ghita moving to Florida to train with Overeem and "Blackzilian" team by Dave Walsh ( 24 February 2012
  8. ^ a b c d K-1 Champ Murthel Groenhart is Training with Alistair Overeem at Blackzillians
  9. ^ "Tyrone Spong Returns to His Roots, Faces Melvin Manhoef This Weekend". 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  10. ^ ""Suga" Rashad Evans - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Vitor Belfort Joins Blackzilians; Rashad Evans to Serve as Head Coach for UFC 152 Training Camp". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "Belfort and the shelf life of a 'Phenom' - MMA Blog - ESPN". Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  14. ^ a b c d e Meet the Blackzilians: A Family of World Class Coaches and Fighters By Joshua Carey ( on December 23, 2011
  15. ^ Imperial Martial Arts and Fitness Center (2013-11-17). "Fabio Mello | Imperial Martial Arts and Fitness Center". Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  16. ^ Imperial Martial Arts and Fitness Center (2013-11-17). "Marcus Aurelio | Imperial Martial Arts and Fitness Center". Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  17. ^ "Siyar Bahadurzada Joins Blackzilians". 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  18. ^ "Antes de voltar ao Strikeforce, Guto analisa duelo Belfort x Jones". TATAME. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  19. ^ Luiz Firmino's profile
  20. ^ Claude Patrick's profile
  21. ^ Ryan LaFlare's profile
  22. ^ Tom Niinimäki's profile
  23. ^ Beslan Isaev's profile
  24. ^ Musa Khamanaev's profile

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