UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans broke from the norm last year after departing his longtime home at Greg Jackson’s to form his own squad of elite athletes rather than take up shop at an already established gym. Since then the Blackzilians have become a common destination for MMA talent all over the world including Melvin Guillard, Jake Shields, Alistair Overeem, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, and Matt Mitrione.

Ultimate Insider recently profiled the Blackzilian group where Evans was immersed in preparation for his bout this Saturday night at UFC 145 with 205-pound champion Jon Jones. When Evans locks horns with the essentially unbeaten Jones he’ll do so with the confidence of a great camp behind him as well as an equally tremendous team.

“This is a team sport to a point. I never wanna fight by myself. Never have, it never happened, (and) it never will happen. I’ve always depended on my training partners,” said Evans, saying the Blackzilians are “about guys coming together, training hard, putting in a lot of work, and helping each other out like brothers.”

See the fruits of his labor on PPV when things start at 10:00 PM EST. The fight will mark his third since joining the Blackzilians with impressive wins over Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis.

Check out the full profile piece below to get an inside look at what it takes to be a Blackzilian:


MMATraining Take: The collection of talent there is pretty incredible and it actually makes a lot of sense to have “all-star” camps as it were. Guys like Evans aren’t going to get better by training with fighters who don’t share their dedication to the craft or possess a comparable skill-set.