Glenn Robinson, CEO of Authentic Sports Management, spoke out yesterday concerning the Blackzilian camp of fighter. One of the team’s stars, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem (above), has left the Florida-based fight camp to train in Thailand for his next fight, but Robinson explained that the former Strikeforce and Dream heavyweight champion still has a home with the Blackzilians.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Glenn Robinson, the CEO of Authentic Sports Management, represents arguably one of the most infamous MMA camps in the game today: the Blackzilians. Including fighters like Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort, Tyrone Spong and many more, the Blackzilians have some of the sport’s best talent.
But in the course of the last couple years, the Florida-based Blackzilians have seen their ups and downs. For Robinson, the streak of high-profile losses was merely a bump in the road that was greatly exaggerated by fans and media.
“They were taking it as our demise,” Robinson said on a recent appearance on the MMA Hour, “even though it was just a streak of bad luck. The team was getting settled in, we were getting the coaching staff right, and I wasn’t concerned in the slightest. I knew that we would get it right. I knew that Henri Hooft, the striking coach, is the best. I knew that the right people put in place, the fighters would get to where they needed to be, and they did.”
But even with the drastic turnaround for the team – e.g. Vitor Belfort’s 2013 – Blackzilian fighter Alistair Overeem has left the team to train in Thailand for his upcoming UFC 169 fight against Frank Mir.
“No, Alistair doesn’t train with us, he trains in Thailand,” said Robinson, who still manages Overeem. “He’s welcome back, but he’s decided to do his camp in Thailand. It was a great camp. I talked to him last night, and it was a great camp, and he said he feels fantastic. He’s in really good spirits. He’s welcome – he’s always welcome. It’s always his home if he wants it to be, but right now he’s not looking past the fight he has in a couple of weeks, that’s the most important thing. And we’ll see after that what he wants to do.”