Benji Radach: "Strikeforce Has The Toughest 185-Pounders"

Erik FontanezCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2010

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - NOVEMBER 03:  Benji Radach (Green Trunks) of the Anacondas celebrates his first round KO defeat of Brent Beauparlant (Gray Trunks) of the Dragons during their Middle weight (185 lb.) bout at the World Grand Prix Semi-Finals at the Sears Centre November 3, 2007 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  (Photo by Ross Dettman/Getty Images for IFL)
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Strikeforce middleweight, and Southern California native, Benji Radach took some time to talk about his injury while hanging out at the TapouT compound on Monday night.

Trying to play it low-key for the evening, it was hard not to notice his arm in a rather complicated looking contraption. The 185-pound contender tore his pectoral muscle from the bone during a recent training session.

Now, it appears Radach will have to sit on the sidelines for an extended period of time based on medical opinions.

“Doctors say, uh, six months…before I can even grapple again. I’m thinking seven months before I can fight.”

The middleweight expressed an eagerness to return to action for his current employer - the San Jose-based fight promotion Strikeforce.

“I got one more fight with Strikeforce before my contract is up,” said Radach, “that’ll be my last fight and then hopefully re-sign because that’s where all the toughest 185-pounders are.”

Radach re-signing with Strikeforce would sustain the current power owned by the promotion’s middleweight division. With Jake Shields at the top of the mountain, fighters like Dan Henderson , Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza , Cung Le , Scott Smith and Radach round out a beefed up roster that rivals industry leader the Ultimate Fighting Championship .

With so much talent at middleweight, Strikeforce has a world-class division of fighters and some definite road blocks for Radach.

When asked of a potential match with Henderson, Radach said he would choose not to enter the bout due to a friendship between the two but wouldn’t rule it out completely.

“Hendo is a good friend of mine so I really…wouldn’t want to fight him unless it was a title shot or something big, you know.”

If Henderson defeats Shields for their rumored title fight this Spring, and Radach is able to bounce back from his loss to Scott Smith with a few wins in a row, the two might have to square off and put friendship aside for an evening.

The bout, though just a thought with little chance of taking place, would definitly be an all-out slugging war.