Gilbert Melendez talks to the media after his win over Shinya Aoki. (Photo by

During Wednesday’s Afternoon Press Box, Darren and the boys were joined by Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez. Melendez discussed the significance of rankings, talked about his win over Shinya Aoki, and shared his thoughts on teammate Nick Diaz‘s upcoming fight against Georges St-Pierre.

Melendez also revealed a rather surprising possible “dream match-up” for himself, gave his thoughts on changing weight classes and talked about some of the things he likes to do outside the cage.

In addition to talking with Melendez, the guys previewed this weekend’s UFC 131 card, while taking an-depth look at the main event, as well as the Dave Herman vs. Jon Olav Einemo fight. APB co-host Ed Clay was Herman’s coach at Nashville MMA for a couple years and discussed “Pee Wee’s” natural talent and why, in the end, Herman was asked to leave the camp.

Afternoon Press Box part 1

Afternoon Press Box part 2

Afternoon Press Box part 3

Afternoon Press Box (follow on Twitter @Nashville_MMA) features an MMA hour which airs LIVE each Wednesday afternoon from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CT on Nashville Sports Radio on 560 WNSR AM. It is one of the very few mixed martial arts shows you can listen to on traditional terrestrial radio.

The AFTERNOON PRESS BOX’s MMA hour is hosted by longtime radio sports personality Darren McFarland and NFL veteran Brad Hopkins, who played 13 years for the Houston Oilers & Tennessee Titans. Also part of the weekly panel is  Nashville MMA owner and BJJ black belt Ed Clay and martial arts veteran practitioner and fan Chris Pappas. ( is proud to be the exclusive home of the Afternoon Press Box’s MMA archives. If you ever miss the live broadcast on Wednesday afternoon, check back here at Wednesday evening (or Thursday) for the archived version.

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