The Blackzilians suffered a fall in its coaching team this week.
Ze Mario Sperry, head coach of the team based in Boca Raton, Florida, surprised many by leaving the team. GracieMag.com spoke with the Carlson Gracie black belt and he revealed why he left the team of superstars that includes Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Alistair Overeem.
“The team has grown a lot since I arrived and I was too busy,” he said. “I wasn’t being able to split my time with my business in Brazil. I couldn’t stay in the team, where everyone counts on me, if I’m not 100 percent focused on the training of athletes.”
Asked if the decision can disrupt his training for the ADCC 2013 in October in Beijing, where he will make a special super-fight against Fabio Gurgel, Sperry surprised by saying, “I believe that in relation to my training for the ADCC, it will be even better. I’ll have more time to train and won’t be focused on MMA.
“I’ll miss everyone. I made many friends and learned a lot from everyone.”