Brandon Gibson, Jon Jones’ striking coach who has trained him for over ten years, said that the UFC Heavyweight division has not seen a fighter like Jon Jones before.Dec 9, 2020
Genesis Training Center Justin Gaethje Fighting out of Arvada, Colorado, United States Team Genesis Training Center Elevation Fight Team Trainer Trevor Wittman Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Jones has trained with Team BombSquad out of Cortland, New York, then briefly with the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada and most recently at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also trained as a power-lifter during his suspension from the UFC.
Sanford MMA is a private gym that offers some public classes in wrestling and jiu jitsu.
To focus more attention on ONX Sports, Wittman closed down Grudge in November 2016, though he continues to train a few select fighters, including Rose Namajunas, Justin Gaethje, and Kamaru Usman.
Henri Hooft went on to help run the pro MMA training team, The Blackzilians, at the Jaco Hybrid Training Centre in Boca Raton, FL. There he trained MMA athletes such as Vitor Belfort, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Glory Kickboxer Tyrone Spong.
Although Usman and Burns weren’t close friends, they became acquainted while their children played together at the Sanford MMA gym north of Miami.Feb 12, 2021
Gilbert Burns has revealed what he and Kamaru Usman said to each other in the emotional aftermath of their main event duel at UFC 258. According to Burns, his former teammate Usman told him they would remain friends, as they were, and that Burns was the toughest competitor he ever faced inside the octagon.Feb 14, …
In the same interview with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, Gilbert Burns declared that he does not consider Kamaru Usman to be a “friend-friend.” No, but you have a good relationship with the guy, and he works very good in that area, that was the thing that I had with Kamaru. We worked very well [together],” said …
Gilbert Burns Style Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Fighting out of Lantana, Florida, United States Team Xtreme Couture (2011–2012) Blackzilians (2012–2016) Combat Club (2016–present) Sanford MMA (2017–present) Trainer Henri Hooft (striking) Neil Melanson (Catch wrestling)
Dan Lambert History. Dan Lambert founded American Top Team in 2001. Their vision was to build a world class training facility where MMA fighters could get all of their training under one roof, similar to the Brazilian Top Team gym previously co-founded by Liborio in Rio de Janeiro.
The Blackzilians are a world class group of professional athletes who train together at the JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach, Florida.
Some of the fighters who were originally training at the Blackzilians would join the new gym. In 2019, Hard Knocks 365 rebranded to Sanford MMA after obtaining a sponsorship deal with Sanford Health.
The name ‘Blackzilians’ was coined when Strikeforce Middleweight Danillo Villefort was looking through their management’s website and pointed out to Robinson that every fighter (at the time) was Black or Brazilian.
Hooft had a falling-out with Robinson in 2017, and many of the core members of the Blackzilians — including Usman and Burns — stayed with Hooft, who formed HKickboxing. That team ultimately was rebranded as Sanford MMA in late 2019.Feb 12, 2021
The Blackzilians aren’t dead. Following Hooft to the new confines were many of the brand name fighters that comprised the Blackzilians’ identity — Anthony Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Rashad Evans, the latter who fights Daniel Kelly on Saturday night at UFC 209 in Las Vegas.Feb 28, 2017