“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.
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