PHOTO | Gilbert Melendez Shows Off Injured Shoulder & Explains Cause | MMA NEWS

September 25, 2012 9:48 am by bjpenn.com staff 2 Comments
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“About 12 days out of the fight, I was training hard. [It was] one of my last days, last days of hard sparring. I was training hard and Jake Shields and I were battling on a takedown and I didn’t want to give it up. I landed hard on my shoulder and ended up separating my shoulder. I can tough anything out. If I had a broken leg, I’d tough it out, for my family, for my daughter, I’d do it in a heartbeat. That’s not what it came down to. It came down to, what is good for me, what is good for my career. I can let my ego take over like maybe in my younger years. But, it’s a business now and I had to treat it like a business. I could have gone out there and fought with one arm, but it’s not the best choice for my career and I don’t think Pat wants to win like that, I think most fighters in my situation would understand.”

– quote via mmafighting.com, photo via twitter.

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