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In Wake of Recent Criticism, Anthony Johnson Stands by The Blackzilians, Melvin Guillard Not So Much


(“When I first started The Blackzilian Reverse Diet, I was just a scrawny welterweight fighting in the sport’s highest promotion. But just LOOK AT ME NOW!) 

It would be no hyperbole to say that The Blackzilians are less a training camp and more a black hole (PUNS!) of suckitude that is slowly draining the last remaining scraps of talent from its fighters before it inevitably spits them out as empty, dry husks void of any discernible skills whatsoever. Alright, there may be a little hyperbole in that statement, but to say that the members of The Blackzilians have been underperforming since the camp was established in 2011 is no exaggeration. Alistair Overeem just had his head treated like a speed bag at UFC 156, Rashad Evans just put on his worst performance in years (at the same event, no less), and Melvin Guillard has dropped 4 of his past 5 fights including an inexplicably timid performance in what was supposed to be a grudge match against Jamie Varner at UFC 155. 

That’s not to say that The Blackzilians are doing everything wrong, it just appears that they are relying on the pure talent of their fighters to lead them rather than a team of disciplined coaches. But in light of the recent criticisms aimed at the camp from news outlets across the MMA blogosphere, whateverweight Anthony Johnson — fresh off a unanimous decision victory over Andrei Arlovski at WSoF 2 – told MMAJunkie that said criticisms are “unfair.” Here’s why:

Every team has losses. Losses don’t define who you are.

People always want to talk about the losses, not the wins. Everybody talks about Rashad’s loss. Everybody talks about Alistair’s loss. But Vitor Belfort is one of my training partners. He just high-kicked Michael Bisping (for a knockout win). You all talked about that for five minutes. You’re all still talking about the losses we had. What about the wins we had? 

True, Anthony, we should be talking more about the wins you guys had. The problem is that those wins are coming fewer and farther between than with the guys over at Team Hammer House. With the exception of Johnson, only two guys in the camp are currently above .500 since joining. And while Belfort’s recent success can be partially attributed to his new camp — if they were the ones who suggested he get on TRT, we guess — some of The Blackzilians’ hottest prospects (Ryan Jimmo, Siyar Bahadurzada, etc.) are all coming of losses that came after they joined the camp. A simple inconvenience or a sign of things to come?

In either case, it appears that at least one member of The Blackzilians, UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard, is fed up with the lack of results, as he recently announced that he will be returning to Team Jackson, whom he compiled a 5-0 record with during his stint with the team in 2010-early 2011. Guillard tweeted the news yesterday:

Im no longer a blackzillian I went back to where I belong Jackson’s:-):-):-):-):-)  

During his time with Team Jackson (whom he joined prior to his UFC 109 bout with Ronys Torres), Guillard showcased a newfound grappling prowess and an overall smarter approach to the game that he had in years past. The fact that he can’t even spell the name of his now former camp correctly just goes to show where Guillard’s heart is truly at.

There’s only one problem: Team Jackson doesn’t want him back.

So, Potato Nation, are we not giving The Blackzilians the respect they deserve, or does Guillard’s departure signify that the camp is truly not up to the standard set by that of its fellow camps?

-J. Jones

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cman- March 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm
I again get to feel like a prophet.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm
Shoulda joined the Blacktalians, that's where they all fucked up.
Left_Boob_Telligman- March 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm
I really like Rumble at Lightheavy/Heavy. The whole Lara Flynn Boyle act wasn't working. And as for Melvin, well his move out of Florida is probably for the best. Put him in a hoodie with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona tea and some asshat is bound to shoot him.
teep- March 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm
I thought that Melvin got better as a fighter after training at the Blackzilians. Maybe it is because he is getting older and more committed to MMA. I guess time will tell.
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