Over the past few years Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez has evolved from a wrestler reliant on takedowns to a complete Mixed Martial Artist who can score points regardless of where action takes place. Melendez will need to bring his more-rounded set of skills with him into the cage this weekend when he defends his belt against Jorge Masvidal including the ability to work effectively from the clinch.

In this MMATraining Technique of the Day, “El Nino” demonstrates the proper way to throw knees in a clinch while explaining some of the finer points involved in terms of leverage, timing, and angles.

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