Melendez analyzes upcoming Bay Area fights
Two weeks out from his next fight, Gilbert Melendez joins Henry Wofford to break down upcoming Bay Area MMA action.
Welcome back for another edition of inside by sports and a Wofford and Dessens into how we got the chance. Yeah strike force lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez here el -- always get the ambulance that year things you know is going to be here looking sharp tip top condition right now I would say you have gets right now about two weeks out of the -- and house -- the grade you know feeling great and that. You know -- do it let's go over some UFC on fox three -- got a couple big fights coming out first the ball. One of your teammates Nate Diaz. Is on the card going up against Miller and they should be a real good fight. What about Nate Diaz he continues. To grow similar to you you guys haven't hit your peak yet. Yeah definitely I mean it's always a student of the sports and he's constantly you know picked Damon's brain for the -- always working his boxing and. He's really come into his own right now I think he showed us last two fights you know he's fighting his fight not fighting the -- by. Fighting his fight and it hasn't -- this this week in business how do you think he'll match it would Jim Miller. Well you know I think he's -- degree I think it's footwork is great and I think his reaches is is nice along is -- Lance and good jabs keep it on the outside. On Jimmy have you managed in the takedown they digits you I think you know I'd need is better is a blacked out though Jim is tough you don't want him on your back but I'm. It's in great shape but I think he's gonna lay hands on iron in and I Jim and I didn't touch. Are right back in action as well as Josh -- check his first fight since splitting with AKA. And he's got Johnny Hendricks out their first ball would be an emotional fight. For -- B and that there's got to be a lot on his mind new team and all that. That that that is a good question -- there may be you know that sometimes the mental battle you know you you you let your team not you have to deliver and make Sheila better than never so -- that I can be on his mind. You know as for the matchup though I Hendricks is a tough wrestler of the kind of similar guys except bomb tossed -- a little more experience maybe and it's a little bit more you on -- side. I don't know about the age but just used to being in the cage and in need to be a little bit more hungry but. And a similar styles the makes for good fight. Also an action Jake Shields making his middleweight debut is this a more comfortable weight program. You know what -- perfect. -- it would be 170 pounds but there isn't that weight classes only once seventies and 185 so I Jake's -- up right now I think he'll do great 85 they just don't like him how to cut so much -- seventies. When you gotta start focusing on the weight cut over your fight. Kind of you know is not the best things and I was kind of the focus on that as much and into focus on his training and having to do -- -- -- He had a lot on his mind Jake has -- those guys he's not gonna sit back and say well this was on my mind and I didn't fight well because of that he doesn't make excuses but let's admit. He's been battling a lot of things in his personal life. A 100% you know Jake's takes a guy who keeps his emotions in and gives an intact and and keeps keeps focused and. He's very strong and very strong guy and he's dealt a lot and you know his father's -- in -- way as far as also as manager and big influence on his life on everyone's life and yes about that is tough to deal with but down. I feel like she's you know she's getting sharper and he -- if he's able to get things under control of something that's not very easy go with. Ever in your life you know but the -- is looking like as the other tiger again. How does he matchup against -- short fuse -- I think great you know I think I -- -- is costly evolving I think he's gonna keep that pressure like he did against hockey on -- I think you know I think he -- back in the sub. Once again Gilbert Melendez el Nino this guy means business and if you're a local supporter this is definitely a good guy to get behind.