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Benji Radach: Part-time fighter

A lot of people covering this weekend’s Strikeforce event seem to think that Benji Radach is being set up for a loss against Scott Smith. I’m not so sure on that one … Radach destroyed Ninja Rua at the last EliteXC show and if that’s an accurate guage of his skills then Scott Smith is going to be in trouble. I was never sold on Smith as some kind of legitimate headliner … we’re talking about a guy who was beaten by Ed Herman and almost lost to Pete Sell.

Anyways, if Radach is going to win this fight, he’s going to pull it off on the side since he’s also a full time electrician to boot. Here he is talking to the MMA Fiend about some of the battles he’s almost lost to a live current:

Yeah, most guys at your level, training is all they do all day. I don’t even like getting up to run when I have to go to work that day, so I can only imagine what it takes to work full time and train at that level.

It really takes a fighter out of training, man, it’s really hard for me to do it anymore. I used to do it all the time when I was fighting in the UFC and stuff. I was an electrician and I trained at night, you know, and it just takes so much out of you that you don’t even really enjoy it anymore. You get burned out really fast. But I took this last two weeks off of work so that I could focus on training, so I should be good to go.

I actually did some work as an electrician for a while until I started electrocuting myself, and after a few times I figured it was best not to temp fate and find another line of work.

Yeah, I’ve been shocked a lot, man, that is for sure. I got burnt by 277 a little bit once, laying some light, and thank God – that stuff usually kills a lot of people, but luckily it didn’t end my life, thank God. But yeah, it’s dangerous, man, I had a couple close calls. I had 480 volts explode right in my face one time and got flash burns – it was pretty bad.

After fighting 6 times in 2007 for the IFL, Radach has only fought that one bout against Ninja Rua since. Here’s hoping a solid win means he can train full time and show us what he’s really got.