Melvin Guillard: I'm glad Mike Van Arsdale is gone from Blackzilians

by Tom Ngo | source:

When Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management created the Blackzilians, he installed former Div I national champion, pioneering MMA fighter, and trainer Mike Van Arsdale as head coach. Van Arsdale recently announced he was leaving the Blackzilians, and would return to his family in Arizona.

Now Melvin Guillard, who himself left Jackson's MMA for the Blackzilians, says he is not sorry to see Van Arsdale go.

“I’m glad he’s gone,” Melvin Guillard deadpanned during Friday’s media call. “I told Glenn when I first got here, the guy wasn’t a head coach. No disrespect to coach Van Arsdale, but he was never a head coach at Jackson’s. I knew the real Van Arsdale before I got here, but everybody really started being hard on the guy, but I knew the real guy.

“It’s kinda hard to learn how to be a champion from a guy who never was a champion, or a guy who was basically brought to the UFC as a set-up fight. I just never had that level of respect for him. The way he would talk to guys on the team and he felt like he was this big superstar, but I knew the real Van Arsdale.”

“Coach Mario is a very, very big addition to the team. His MMA skills are better than anybody’s all-around MMA skills I’ve ever met. He’s that great of a guy, not just as a coach, but as an individual. He’s a quiet, humble guy. He doesn’t talk much about himself. He wants you to just come in the gym and work hard. That’s it.”

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MarcusRenatoBlackBelt site profile image  

8/12/12 1:22 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

classless to speak of someone passing away like that. indefensible.

BrCutter site profile image  

8/12/12 1:17 PM by BrCutter

Very sweet!

Whambo site profile image  

8/12/12 12:38 PM by Whambo

Will never cheer for that guy. He can act liked a changed man for the camera's all he wants, but we all know the truth."A decorated high school and collegiate wrestler Van Arsdale was 1988 NCAA Division 1 collegiate wrestling champion at 167 lb (76 kg), while competing for Iowa State University. He has been inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. He also won a gold medal at 1997 world cup in freestyle wrestling."Yeah man, he didn't achieve anything... you can't learn from a guy like that. Let's nevermind the fact he started his MMA career at the age of 33, the age a lot of guys are looking at retiring from sports.

grafzep site profile image  

8/12/12 12:13 PM by grafzep

mental midget

Griffdog site profile image  

8/12/12 1:48 AM by Griffdog


Haulport site profile image  

8/12/12 1:46 AM by Haulport

Very sweet indeed....

stlnl2 site profile image  

8/12/12 1:43 AM by stlnl2

As I was saying......

Farewell Brock site profile image  

8/11/12 1:33 PM by Farewell Brock

Assuming sub defense isnt considered a tool anynore?

Haulport site profile image  

8/11/12 12:22 PM by Haulport

I hope Cowboy beats Melvin in a humiliating fashion. I can't get enough of watching guys like Melvin and his Blackzillians teammate, Rashad, lose...

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8/11/12 11:23 AM by shootfightermike