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    Default Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    Gilbert Melendez considers himself a well-rounded mixed martial artist who can win a fight in a variety of ways. But he also knows that he's primarily a stand-up striker, and he knows that his opponent on Saturday night, Shinya Aoki, is the most creative submission specialist in all of MMA.

    So it's no surprise that Melendez says he'd prefer never to go to the ground against Aoki.

    "Best case scenario, I never hit the ground with this guy," Melendez said. "A perfect fight would be we never hit the ground and I sprawl and brawl this guy. But, you got to be prepared for every scenario in this fight and I believe I am. I have to be able to defend all his submissions, I have to be able to be confident on the ground, and, like I said, best case scenario I never touch the ground and I knock him out."

    Melendez said he has watched most of Aoki's fights and has noticed that in addition to having some sweet submissions, Aoki also has a knack for trying to "work the ref" and get opponents called for fouls. Aoki has twice won by disqualification when an opponent hit him low and he said he couldn't go on.

    "I've studied a lot of tapes on him and one thing I've noticed is he'll look for the way out," Melendez said. "I can't give him that opportunity. If I accidentally hit him in the nuts or I elbow him wrong I have to realize that he might try to take advantage of that and find a way out. I just have to be very careful and not give him that opportunity. It's just something that I'm aware of and I almost would blame myself if I gave him that opportunity to get out of there. It's definitely something that's on my mind."

    In Aoki's last fight, he broke the arm of Mizuto Hirota and then gave Hirota the finger as he lay on the ground in agony. But Melendez said that doesn't particularly concern him.

    "First of all, breaking a guy's arm is part of the game," Melendez said. "The guy should have tapped out. My mentality stepping in the cage is kill or be killed, and I'm sure most top fighters have the same mentality. With him running around, dancing around and doing the middle finger? I thought it was a little uncharacteristic. It's really not my style, but I'm not one to judge Aoki."

    Melendez credited training partners Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz for helping him prepare to fight someone with world-class submission skills, but he acknowledged that no amount of training can completely prepare him for what he'll see in the cage on Saturday night, because there's only one Aoki.

    "The thing with Aoki is he's a very intelligent fighter and it's obvious you want to stay on your feet with him," Melendez said. "Basically, you just want to keep it on your feet. Once he gets to the ground he has a great back attack, he has a great rubber guard, and you have to be prepared for all of those. As I study his tapes, I get scared of all those positions, but the closer I get to the fight I feel more confident about it. But, yeah man, just being prepared for all those positions on the ground."

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    Aoki is wicked on the ground, supersick- but oh what a prick this guy is- I hate him.

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    same here

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    yep

    **** Aoki

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    "I've studied a lot of tapes on him and one thing I've noticed is he'll look for the way out," Melendez said. "I can't give him that opportunity. If I accidentally hit him in the nuts or I elbow him wrong I have to realize that he might try to take advantage of that and find a way out. I just have to be very careful and not give him that opportunity.
    Now you done it. You just asked to get your arm broke.

    I don't think Melendez will get subbed, and I give him an excellent chance of winning this by KO.

    Aoki shouldn't have defeated Hansen, got KO'd by Hansen in their previous fight, got KO'd by Mach, couldn't finish JZ even though the ref allowed him to hang on JZ's back for 10 minutes without breaking it up, and escaped the first JZ fight.

    Melendez is probably a little too active for Aoki's taste. I've got Melendez winning this one.

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    I have Melendez too

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    same here.

    it's nice to see he kind of called out aoki for his *****ish tendencies.

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    someone had to

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    yep.

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    I got ****ya Aoki by sub.....if Melendez wins it will be by a brutal ko....I don't see a judges decision on this one.

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    i want to see melendez posture up and start dropping elbows like pacman jones throwing $100 bills at a strip club. it would give me great joy to see aoki's brains leaking out on the canvas.

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    you really are twisted

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    duh

    after all this time, you're still surprised.





    and tell me that wouldn't warm your heart a bit.

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    I'd love to see Gilbert make ****ya's eyes roll up into the back of his head with brutal Melendez Ko power!

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    Default Re: Gilbert Melendez Hopes He Never Hits the Ground With Aoki

    beat him till he ****s himself, then give him about ten more just in case.

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