Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Benji Radach Sure He Won't Go The Distance

Originally posted on MMAweekly.com

Benji Radach says his upcoming fight with Scott Smith is going to be one of those fights that resemble a car crash movie – you know what you're going to see, and you can't turn away.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed Radach early for his first Showtime broadcast card on April 11 because Radach’s fights tend not to last. In 23 appearances, strikes have brought an end to all but five of them.

“I’ve never put on a boring fight,” Radach tells MMAWeekly.com I’m always going out there to battle and trade blows.”

Smith is a virtual carbon copy of Radach. Since his exit from the UFC in mid-2007, all of his bouts have ended – win or lose – in a hail of strikes.

“We both like to punch and knock people out, so I think we’re going to slug it out,” says Radach. “It’s probably going to be the fight of the night.”

Radach didn’t suffer the unemployment blues that fellow ProElite signees did, mainly because he was already working a full-time job as a corporate trainer for the LA Boxing franchise based in California.

After a frenzied 2007 stint in the International Fight League, he welcomed time off. Injuries had taken much of his time from the fight game – a broken jaw, herniated disk, fractured neck, and torn meniscus are but a few entries on his resume – and he needed time to recover.

His fight with Murilo “Ninja” Rua for EliteXC’s second CBS-televised effort, “Heat,” wasn’t necessarily pretty, but it was vintage Radach. Late in the first, his big right hand found its mark and put Rua out.

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