Thursday, October 09, 2008

PRO MMA Exclusive: Benji Radach moves toward title fight

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Benji Radach is on cloud nine following the biggest win of his career this past weekend on CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights over Murilo “Ninja” Rua. Stepping out of the ashes of a career that has been riddled with injuries and setbacks, it is hard to blame him. The fight was a wild back and forth affair that saw both men hit the canvas before Radach was able to capitalize on a mistake made by Ninja to earn himself the knockout victory.

Radach seems to have turned a new page in his promising career and with all the attention that comes from such a high profile win, the sky is the limit for Benji right now. Wasting no time in figuring out who his next opponent will be, Benji has confirmed with PRO MMA that the next fight on his quest for EliteXC championship gold will most likely be against Scott Smith in February with the winner to face whoever survives the upcoming clash between Robbie Lawler vs. Joey Villasenor.

PRO MMA: First of all, congratulations on your big win over Ninja this past weekend! How are you feeling right now physically? Are you nursing any injuries from the fight?
Benji: My wrist is pretty sore but other than that everything’s pretty good. I’m feeling pretty solid, you know, I didn’t take too much abuse. I have a couple lumps on the back of my head from when he was elbowing me when I was on top of him. I’m feeling pretty good though considering how tough of a fight it was.

PRO MMA: That was a crazy fight man! Did things play out like you expected?
Benji: You know I knew it was going to be a tough fight but I didn’t expect to have the best fight of my life and really I couldn’t have picked a better time to have the best fight of my life. Man, I’ll tell you what, Ninja is a tough, tough dude. He was so tough I couldn’t believe it. I was hitting him hard and he was coming right back. I’d have him staggered and I would try to finish up with a shot and I would miss him and he would have his bearings back that quick, you know, and it was just like “Wow!” he was a tough dude.

PRO MMA: Have you had a chance to go back and watch the tape from the fight and if so what are your thoughts on your performance?
Benji: I haven’t really had a chance to dissect it. I was just starting to watch it here when you called but I watched the end of it. I’m just really happy. I’m on cloud nine right now because of how good the fight was and how intensely we threw down that first round. I remember thinking to myself, man, “Is this still the first round?”. I mean it was getting close to the end and I was thinking “You’ve gotta be kidding me!”, you know, because I threw so many power shots, every punch was just 100% and I threw so much that in the second round I had to kind of sit back and let him dictate the pace for a little bit so I could get my breath back because I really threw it all down in the first round. I had to really sit back and kind of chill out and regain some strength so I could come back and win the end of the round. So I just let him dictate the pace and he started throwing those flying knees and I could see his mind working because he started setting it up and I knew I couldn’t take too many of those and it just worked out awesome. He slipped or I hit him or something and put him on his back and those last three shots were just hammers. You know it was a really tough fight I was really happy with it. There was a couple things that I could have done differently but the fact that it was on CBS and everything I wouldn’t want to change a thing because it was such a bad ass exciting fight.


PRO MMA: Hey Benji, thanks so much for your time man. Any sponsors you wanna give a shout out to before I let you go?
Benji: Yeah definitely Tapout, for sure! I had a big list but I don’t have it with me right now so a big shout out to Tapout! They pulled through at the last second and hooked me up and also thanks as always to MMA Agents.

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