Trainer Neil Melanson Doesn’t Want Randy Couture To Go The Distance


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
Neil Melanson

Neil Melanson

2011 is shaping up to be one of Xtreme Couture grappling trainer Neil Melanson’s breakthrough years.

Along with his work with Randy Couture, Melanson has also been busy with other high level MMA stars and is shortly to receive some big exposure in the print world.

Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, Melanson revealed, “I’m going to be in the May issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine.

“I think they’re putting me as a feature for the magazine, so I thought that was nice. Also, the triangle book that we’ve been talking about for three years should be on shelves by May.”

While he’s most known for his work with Couture, Melanson has also been busy with other current and former UFC stars.

“I’ve been working with Vitor Belfort,” said Melanson. “He’s going to start training again soon. He’s been travelling and has been helping out with charities and fighters.

“Frank Trigg and I are training, and are actually working a lot. He’s actually gotten better on the ground, and his stand-up as well. I’m excited for his progression.”

While he’s in high demand, Melanson likes to keep his clientele to a minimum for good reason.

“I only have the time and energy for a couple fighters at a time,” he commented. “Any more than that and the quality goes down.”

While he’s been helping others out, Melanson’s main focus always remains on Couture, whom he helped prepare for a big April 30 showdown with Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 129 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Couture has said it will be the final fight of his MMA career.

“He’s got a tough fight with Machida – it wouldn’t be my first pick – but it’s what he wanted,” admitted Melanson. “It only happened because Machida said yes, he wanted it.

“I don’t think the UFC wanted this fight to happen because it didn’t make sense to them, but Lyoto said he wanted it and really made it happen for us.”

Melanson extolled the virtue he feels best personifies Machida and what they are most wary of for this upcoming fight.

Randy Couture at UFC 109

Randy Couture at UFC 109

“Machida fights on his terms and is pretty masterful at what he does,” said Melanson. “He keeps plenty of distance, so he’s away from danger, and when he goes in, he’s fast.

“Because of that, a lot of his punching is linear, and if you walk straight into him, you’re going to get hit. He’s got a lot of power and he can hurt you whether nor not your guard’s up.”

While careful to not give away specific strategy for the fight, Melanson does have one particular goal for Couture at UFC 129.

“I hope this fight, Randy can actually stop him,” stated Melanson. “I don’t like the idea of going to a decision against Machida because if you stand in long enough, eventually he’s going to get something in and hurt you.

“If you look at the people who were successful in closing the gap on him, there was always a commonality. That’s what we’re trying to do, find some pattern and things to avoid. In reality, it’s going to be Randy’s desire to win that takes this fight.”

Having another big year in business continues to drive Melanson forward, but as he said in closing, there are other things outside the fight game that are just as important.

“We’re going to be going to a charity event next weekend with Five Star Clothing and Brendan Schaub to a children’s hospital in California and hang out with the kids and pass out shirts and give back to the community,” said Melanson.

“It’s nice to be part of that with those people and to help give back to people who are less fortunate. I’d like to see more fighters do that, because it really means a lot to those kids.”

view original article >>

Related News

  • 2 days ago
  • 368 views

Former UFC champions and mixed martial arts (MMA) pioneers, Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock, are teaming up to "turn struggling gyms into thriving enterprises" on a new Spike TV "reality" show dubbed, "Gym Rescue." Check out a sneak peek of the first installment of a three-episode series that debuts Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET, featuring a frustrated gym owner named "Craig" who is pushed beyond his limits and pushes Shamrock in a fit of staged rage. For more details on "Gym Rescue" click read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 247 views

SPIKE TV releases a must-see teaser trailer for their upcoming reality show, Gym Rescue, starring Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 47 views

The biggest weekend of the year for MMA is upon us, and leading the way is UFC 175. Headlined by two championship fights, the event has a big feel to it and could go down as one of the great events in UFC history. Chris Weidman defends his title against Lyoto Machida, while Ronda Rousey defends her strap against Alexis Davis. Before those main features, though, we have a stacked preliminary card full of promising prospects and established vets. Last weekend, I was just above the .500 mark. After read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 34 views

UFC President Dana White discussed his opinion on the new NSAC executive director and what he likes about him so far. It seems the "proactive" approach that Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Robert Bennett took on early in his reign as commission head has gotten him into the good graces of the UFC's head honcho. Dana White, who is in Las Vegas for the International Fight Week and the two live events that accompany it, took a moment on Wednesday afternoon to offer a stark contra read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 79 views

A look at the turbulent year of 2011 in the career of Chael Sonnen. Including his battles with athletic commissions and return to the cage after a suspension for his failed drug test following the first Anderson Silva bout. When last we left Chael Sonnen, he was embattled in a public tussle with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. If you missed part one, you can read it here. Sonnen had gone in front of the California commission following a failed drug test in California and claimed that he'd read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 40 views

UFC bantamweight Alex Caceres doesn’t have a high school diploma, but he believes he has a firm grasp on what the school system is all about – especially the pitfalls. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 58 views

The best card of the year has arrived. While Chris Weidman, the two-time conqueror of one Anderson Silva, is worthy of the main attraction along with Lyoto Machida, the real meat of UFC 175 on Saturday in Las Vegas that makes it 2014's best slate is the jaw-dropping set of matches on the undercard. Machida's quest to become just the third fighter in history to win a title in more than one weight class is the perfect finale to a stunning card that has not been given nearly enough attention. The f read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

Inaugural welterweight champion and famous trainer, Pat Miletich, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at UFC's Fan Expo. Let's take a look back into his incredible career. After retiring almost eight years ago, feuding with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) head honcho Dana White, and working as a commentator for the organization's biggest competition (at the time), Pat Miletich is finally being inducted into UFC's Hall of Fame this weekend. He must have done somethi read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 27 views

LAS VEGAS – MMA trailblazer, former UFC champion, noted trainer and respected broadcaster Pat Miletich is officially a member of the UFC Hall of Fame.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>