Glenn Robinson, founder of the famed Blackzilians team, has died of a suspected heart attack.
Robinson’s death was confirmed by his former PR agent, Jen Wenk, who said Robinson passed away Wednesday. Former Blackzilians photographer Ryan Loco also confirmed the passing, which was first reported by MMA reporter Christopher James via Facebook.
A memorial service was recently announced by his daughter Sam and will take place this Sunday (Sept. 23, 2018) at 10:30 a.m. ET inside Temple Beth El Memorial Gardens in Davie, Florida
Blackzilians started when MMA fighters Jorge Santiago, Danillo Villefort, Yuri Villefort, and Gesias Cavalcante decided to leave American Top Team. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Authentic Sports Management, which manages these fighters, found a small gym in Boca Raton, Florida that only had 6 guys training out of it. Robinson struck a deal with Imperial Athletics to take over rent payments on the gym. Robinson then relocated the team to the world class training facility JACO Hybrid Training Center in Boca Raton. Rashad Evans met Robinson through one of his partners, John Rubenstein, and Rashad’s manager at the time Jervis Cole. Robinson and Evans hit it off and Evans asked Robinson to take over as his manager. Michael Johnson was brought in as a temporary training partner for a few weeks, and he liked the atmosphere so much he never left. As they brought in training partners for up and coming fights, the trend continued. Many of the guys brought in for a training camp decided not to leave, and the Blackzilians have become a supercamp full of a number of notable MMA fighters. 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, and the name stuck.