August 21, 2008

Considered one of the top comeback stories of all 2007, former International Fight League middleweight Benji Radach is officially a free agent. He's healthy and ready to get back into action this year.

Picked as the favorite to win the first ever IFL middleweight Grand Prix tournament, Radach suffered a loss to Matt Horwich in the finals. Soon after, he re-injured his neck, which was a problem that he had dealt with in the past, but now he's ready to get back to full time competition.

"It's doing good. I don't really feel any problems with it," said Radach about his neck injury. "I'm going live. I'm definitely going to get another MRI and stuff done. Back then, the doctors said I just needed to take it easy and I pretty much took it easy for about five months. It should be healed up."

The down time allowed him some much needed rest and relaxation after a grueling IFL schedule kept him busy for six fights during 2007.

The schedule and great number of fights could have helped contribute to the disappointing performance Radach suffered in his last fight. He plans to use that lesson as he moves forward in his career.

"My main goal is to not get too many fights going. That's kind of one of the things I blame for the loss with Horwich," he stated. "I just wasn't hungry. I was kind of burnt out, and I fought so much that year, and trained so hard, twice a day, and just kind of ran myself ragged. I just didn't have the fire when I went into that fight."

The fire has returned to Radach and his training. The former IFL and UFC fighter has begun working with coaches such as Erik Paulson and Josh Barnett, while also working at camps with Tito Ortiz and Michael Bisping.

He is currently looking to return, most likely, in "October, November" and he has a number of suitors that could gain his services.

"I'm a free agent and I have a couple options so maybe, possibly the Affliction show, and then also possibly EliteXC."

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