Anthony Johnson: What about the wins the Blackzilians had?

Posted on March 24, 2013, 05:04 PM by Mike Drahota
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Anthony Johnson continues to run through opponents since his release from the UFC last year. He’s remedied his inabilities to make weight by moving all the way up to heavyweight, besting Andrei Arlovski last night in Atlantic City. 

While that may arguably be the biggest win of his career, his Blackzilians team at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center has been derided lately for a number of disheartening losses. Johnson doesn’t believe in that talk, and came to the defense of his team. He told MMA Junkie that losses are all part of the fight game:

"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?"

‘Rumble’ is trying to shift the focus to the positive, and Belfort’s impressive victory over Bisping was a great feat for the team.

However, that victory and Johnson defeating Arlovski have been the few bright spots in a tough stretch for the Blackzilians. Rashad Evans looked as flat as he ever has in losing to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156. To make matters worse, Alistair Overeem was knocked out by ‘Bigfoot’ Silva on the same card.

All of the sudden, a team that had nothing but respect and hype started to get deemed as a squad that talked the talk, but wasn’t walking the walk.

Johnson is looking to right that ship, and has had some success recently. But the Octagon is where the top competition exists, so people will naturally focus on the UFC wins and losses of the team.

Evans and Overeem, the team’s two flagship members, have taken a ton of flack. ‘Suga’ will have a chance to redeem himself soon, facing off with legend Dan Henderson at UFC 161. Overeem will have to wait, as he injured his quad in preparation to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 160.

Although Johnson put the team in a good light last night with a win, they will have to do a lot more than that to clear the cobwebs out. They obviously have some of the most athletically gifted and talented fighters, but the team just hasn’t been the same since Coach Mike Van Arsdale left. Do you think the Blackzilians are back on the up-and-up? Or will they continue to be the squad who never lived up to the hype?


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  • sambo
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    I suspect what anthony would really like to say is "get in the cage or STFU.
    I agree

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  • HolyGrimace666
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    much respect to the individuals in the blackzilians but as a team, the blackzillians are a joke and really funny one at that. they're just friends that formed a team.. they dont push each other, they dont get each other better or prepared for fights.. they just encourage each other and and pat one another on the backs..

    evans has lost a lot of magic since his departure from jackson, and johnson beating arlovski doesnt mean a thing when it comes to solidifying a fight team.

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  • odesahitman
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    @HolyGrimace,

    Specifically, how do you know what the team do and do not do?

    IDo you train inside their gym?

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  • HolyGrimace666
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    and it turns out that they had a bad time keeper for johnson and arlovski. the first round was 5 mins and 8 seconds and it turned out arlovski took a heavy hit after the 5th minute..

    Reply 1 year ago
  • HolyGrimace666
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    naw, i just keep real close track of them and i can see they dont train like the guys from blackhouse or team quest.. a lot of the blackzilian info i find is just about humor and fun not training and athleticism..

    Reply 1 year ago
  • KeithFarrell
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    Yea we talk about their losses because before they came to the Blackzillians most of the fighters were destroyers, now that they are in the new-found team they have all diminished.

    These are all the their best fighters coming off losses:
    Rashad x2, Overeem, Mitrione, Thiago Silva (NC), Miguel Torres, Michael Johnson, Melvin Guillard x2, Jorge Santiago, JZ Cavalcante, Bahadurzara and Ryan Jimmo.

    When something like 85% of your best fighters are losing, and losing badly, under your training, something is incredibly wrong.

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  • codemaster
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    I am not so certain how much of the Blackzillion's recent losses are attributable to the camp training and how much to the individual fighter and their matchup.

    In order to know the answer to that question, I would need to know and quantify excactly how much a camp contributes to a fighter's success in the octagon, and how much success is due to the fighter himself.

    There is no doubt a training camp can help or hurt a fighter--I just don't know how much, and when, and for whom.

    I have never trained at the Blackzillion camp--and I have only seen footage of a couple of tours of the camp--so I don't really have any good first hand information--only inference from the performance of the camp members.

    Would Rashad have fought better if he trained at another camp? Or would his lack of motivation follow him to another camp?

    Would Alistair have had a better testosterone-free camp elsewhere?

    Anthony Johnson and Tyrone Spong seem to be doing OK.

    So sorry--it may be that the Blackzillion camp is to blame for the bad performances of its members--or maybe those fighters would have performed much the same out of other camps--I have no way of being certain.

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  • Baby Ads
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    blackzilians are like zombies, they will eat you alive. Specially this anthony johnson, he could be a zombie in a movie without wearing a make.

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  • Pride4Ever
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    Rashad needs to watch Rocky 3 about 500x

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