Sunday, March 29, 2009

Benji Radach: ‘Somebody is going to get knocked out’

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Benji Radach has no illusions to how his upcoming bout with fellow middleweight slugger, Scott Smith, will end up going. The fans want a brawl, Smith wants a brawl, and according to Radach, that’s exactly what they’re going to get on Aprill 11th when the two notorious bangers collide at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz.

Radach has never made it a secret as to his intentions in the cage, he’s trying to knock your head off. In this exclusive interview with, Radach confirmed that his upcoming Strikeforce debut will be no exception to the rule. He’s coming out swinging for the fences.

The 29 year old former IFL fighter may as well keep the slugfest streak going. His last bout was an all out war waged between himself and Murilo “Ninja” Rua at EliteXC: Heat in October. The fight saw both men dropped in the first round, only for Radach to battle back for the knockout in the second. It was one of the more electrifying MMA contests in recent history.

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz is going to be stacked to the ceiling with talent, but if there was one fight that had “Fight of the Night” written all over it, it would have to be this one.

Cory Brady for What have you been doing to keep busy since your last fight with Ninja?

Benji Radach: I’ve definitely been working a lot. I work full time at LA Boxing. So I’ve just been working a lot during the day and training at night, trying to get ready for this fight. Have you just been dying to get back in there?

Benji Radach:Well I wasn’t really hurting financially like a lot of the other guys that don’t have other jobs. A bunch of the guys that were stuck in their contracts with EliteXC were hating life, but I had job that kept me afloat. Outside of the financial side of things, were you hungry to get back in the cage and mix it up again? It seemed like you left on such a high note with your win over Ninja.

Benji Radach: Yes and no. When I work so much, it kind of takes the focus on training away a little. I can’t really focus on training as much as I’d like to, but I’ve just been kind of training for fun and not really for a career. I want to take it to that next level, but I can’t really do it while I’m working full time right now. are you feeling physically heading into your fight with Scott Smith?

Benji Radach: I’m definitely feeling good right now. I’m starting to peak and training has been going really well, so I think things are going to turn out great.

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