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Tuesday, 09/25/2012, 10:59 am

Melendez Says Training Light to Avoid Injuries Is Not The Answer | MMA NEWS

“I’m trying to just get ready for the fight and be prepared as possible [in camp]. You just hope to stay injury free. It’s hard to put that on the fighters: the responsibility of not getting injured. You can’t just spar light and go out there and perform like crap. It’s a tough thing to do to tell them to take it easy. You guys want to see people excel and perform, but then you want them to take it easy in training. It’s kind of a Catch-22. I think I did everything I could to get ready for this fight. Did I do everything I could to make sure I wasn’t injured? Probably not, but you can’t have that mentality in your training camp. When you’re at 100 percent, your body is alert and it’s ready to go. You start holding back and you’re at 80 percent, and you’re trying to be conservative… I think you do get injured easily that way.”

Speaking to Sherdog’s “Beatdown” radio show, Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, Gilbert Melendez said there is no real answer for the recent injury stint seen in the recent couple of years in MMA. You either train hard to fight hard and risk injury, or train light and hope for the best once in the cage.

Does this logic make sense?


3 Responses to “Melendez Says Training Light to Avoid Injuries Is Not The Answer | MMA NEWS”

  1. Sasquatch says:

    Maybe fighters should train with guys their own size… having a 200+ lb Shields land on you while working for a take down doesn’t help you stay “injury free” now does it.

  2. Sasquatch says:

    As an amature competitor that just got done training for my first fight this is my thoughts on training. Obviously when you train for your fight you want to push yourself to be at your best, that means taking risks to go a little harder, a little faster, and a little longer in training with what ever you are working on. But…with all of this said one has to remember to train smart. I think training smarter is vital and key. Going hard in sparring with out a goal or purpose is foolish…you are just asking to get injured. It does no good to say…ya I really hit that takedown, or I really did a great job banging when you get injured, and then have to pulll out of your fight. Also have to remember if you hurt your training partners then you lose training partners.

    • Bryan Fury85 says:

      Pretty much. Mac Danzig was talking about how his training sessions used to go and how everyone was training so hard to prove how tough they were and were unnecessarily banging themselves up during the process.

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