On Wednesday, news broke that the Blackzilians and wrestling coach Kenny Monday, who is a two-time Olympic medalist in freestyle wrestling, will no longer have a job with the fight camp. News broke from CageWriter and Monday was very blindsided by the news.
“It wasn’t my decision, it was [Blackzilians manager] Glenn Robinson’s decision,” Monday told Cagewriter . “I was blindsided by [the release]. I really don’t know what his reason is. I don’t know if they are struggling financially, or what it is. I’m not sure what’s going on here. He wasn’t man enough to come talk to me himself. Life goes on.”
It is certainly some big news in the sport, so if Monday is not sure what happened there has to be someone aware of what went down.
As the search for answers began, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans gave his camps side of the story and it looks like the relationship just soured and there was no way to salvage what was lost.
The only answer was for Monday and the Blackzilians to part ways.
Evans gave his side of the story to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com.
“It’s something that has been kind of brewing with things not working out with Kenny and the management,” Evans said. “It reached it’s limit. It became hard too work with him.
“I was Kenny’s biggest backer. I did my best to be the mediator, but when you have strong personalities going head to head it doesn’t make for a good resolution. We all consult about everything. When they came to me about it, I had no choice but to support my team about the decision that was being made.”
Monday’s departure is a huge loss for the Blackzilians, but with a talented camp down in Florida you would have to imagine they will find a way to make things work. Unfortunately, they will just have to do so without one of the best wrestling coaches in the game.