Blackzilians Owner Seeks Court Injunction Against Former Coach Henri Hooft

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 6, 2017
JACO Hybrid Training Center Owner Glenn Robinson is seeking an injunction against former Blackzilians coach Henri Hooft for violation of a non-compete agreement.

Robinson alleges that Hooft has recruited fighters from the Blackzilians gym to a new facility called Combat Club, according to Broward (Fla.) County Court records. was the first to report the order on Wednesday.

The complaint alleges that Hooft and JACO entered into an independent contractor agreement on Dec. 22, 2013. An attached non-compete agreement shows that Hooft was barred from coaching fighters anywhere else for two years after ended his relationship with JACO and the Blackzilians. A list of fighters on the roster that Hooft was supposed to be barred from training as a result of the non-compete includes the likes of Anthony Johnson, Michael Johnson, Tyrone Spong, Volkan Oezdemir and Kamaru Usman, among others.

“Based upon Hooft’s continuing breach and violation of the restrictive covenant portions of the agreement, JACO is likely to suffer irreparable injury…and the public interest is served by the issuance of an injunction” the complaint states.

The Blackzilians team and JACO disbanded last year amid health and financial problems for Robinson. In the injunction, the gym owner is asking that Hooft refrain from coaching at Combat Club, which is located approximately 30 miles away from the JACO Training Center in Latana, Fla. Robinson is not seeking any financial compensation.

Hooft respond to the complaint in an affirmative defense on Aug. 21. In the response, Hooft claims that “no legitimate business interest is at issue because [the] defendant never had access to confidential information that belonged to the plaintiff and was not otherwise available to other competitors in the industry….”

Additionally, Hooft claims that Robinson “is no longer operating any facility that performs the services the defendant is providing.” The response also states that Hooft is owed $10,000 by JACO Training Center, resulting in a breach of contract before Hooft began training and coaching at a different location.


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