When the UFC debuted, the greatest team in MMA was the Gracie Academy in Torrance. Since that time a number of extraordinary teams have been at or near the top of the fighting food chain, including Hammer House, The Alliance, AMC, Brazil Top Team, Chute Boxe, Miletich Martial Arts, and many more.
The lastest team to enter the best of lists is the 'Blackzilians' fighting out of Imperial Athletics, and largely managed by Glenn Robinson's Authentic Sports Management. ASm goes beyond the services prodided by many managers, and offers the clients professional legal, PR, and marketing services, and even boasts an inhouse lifestyle brand - Jaco Clothing.
Some fighters on the ASM roster like Eddie Alvarez, Kenny Florian, Jake Shields, and Miguel Torres train with the camp part time, and as well with their own or other camps. Fighters at the camp full-time like Rashad Evans, Melvin Guillard, and Jorge Santiago are considered Blackzilians.
In an interview with MMAJunkie Radio, Robinson held forth on a variety of topics, including where the team name came from.
"The name Blackzilians started off because the team was, well, mostly black and Brazilian," Robinson said of the team, which initially formed with castoffs from other camps. "But right now, it really means brotherhood – it stands for brotherhood – because every guy there will take care of the next.
"If we call Matt Mitrione and said we needed something, Matt would be in a car 10 minutes later to help us."
"No single person here is better than the other. Everyone is treated the same. And for that reason, everyone's willing to help each other. Everyone's there for each other.
"Really, the goal is to make sure we build a team of people who is in it 100 percent for each other and themselves."
"In terms of looking for new fighters, the door is open for the right fighter who fits into our family, but we're not actively pursuing anybody. But if the right fighter came along that made sense ... that we could benefit and give them something and better their life, yes, we'd be interested."
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