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Exclusive: Benji Radach Explains Why He’s Appealing His TKO Loss to Scott Smith


(Fence grab is at 10:18, the alleged illegal blow comes at 17:25. Props: MMA Share.)

Benji Radach has filed a formal appeal with the California State Athletic Commission through his agent, Ken Pavia, challenging his TKO loss to Scott Smith on the April 11 Strikeforce show in San Jose, California.  We contacted Radach earlier today to get him to explain, in his own words, why he’s appealing the loss and what he hopes to accomplish.  Here’s what he had to say.

CagePotato.com: If you could Benji, sum up for me the main points outlined in your appeal.

Benji Radach: There are two main points.  One, in the second round I had him in a guillotine, choking the piss out of him, and I thought I was just going to choke him unconscious.  But he grabbed the fence and used it to pull us into a scramble and get out of the choke, which is illegal.  


Number two, when I got hit with the big shot in the third and I hit the mat I was recovering and I was aware.  I turned to the side to put my hand out and get up and he hit me with an illegal blow on the back of the head.  That’s when the referee stopped the fight.

Let’s start with the fence-grabbing.  That’s something that seems to have different consequences depending on the referee and the situation.  Sometimes the ref just yells at the guy to let go and sometimes it’s a point deduction.  Are you saying that you think something else should have been done about that during the fight?

Well, he did it when he was in the guillotine.  Whenever someone grabs the fence to avoid a submission that’s an automatic point deduction.

Right, but since the fight didn’t go to a decision you could argue that a point deduction, even if Herb Dean had stepped in right then, wouldn’t have had a big impact on the outcome.

Yeah, the main point is the illegal shot to the back of the head.

The punch that he knocked you down with looked like a hard shot.  Were you hurt at the time?  Do you remember everything that happened right then?

I didn’t see the punch hit me.  I was throwing a left hook and he hit me with a straight right, so I didn’t see it.  It was a hard shot.  I knew I was hurt.  I didn’t want to be like one of those guys who gets up in the interview afterwards and says, ‘He didn’t hurt me at all,’ and then when they show the replay he looks stupid because he was obviously hurt.  I didn’t want to embarrass myself or anything.  But when I got a chance to go back and look at the replay and really see what had happened, I was disappointed with that stoppage.

It seems like it takes so much to get the result of a fight changed after the fact.  Do you really think the commission might overturn this?  It seems like that rarely happens.

I actually had one overturned in my first fight in the UFC against Steve Berger.  I was on top of him punching him in the head and I had one hand on the cage as I was punching him, just hitting him so hard I thought I was going to break my hand.  Finally the referee stopped it, and afterwards the state athletic commission overturned it because they said I was using the cage for leverage as I was hitting him.  It got changed to a no contest.

Is that what you’re hoping to accomplish here?  Get this changed to a no contest and then, what, a rematch?

Yeah, if I could get a no contest and get another fight with him, that’s what I’d want.  I’m not taking anything away from him, but the ref should have allowed me to defend myself and he didn’t.

Are you at all concerned about the fan reaction to your appeal?  People are going to say, ‘he’s just upset because he lost.’  Does that bother you?

You know, I don’t know.  I just think it was a bad stoppage and I don’t want that on my record.

(BF)

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Da Truth- May 8, 2009 at 1:59 am
Being a Whiny Crybaby Bitch dosnt win You any friends or admirers ANYWHERE..
what a chump...
swetard- May 7, 2009 at 8:46 am
I just want to start with saying, i'm not a an mma practitioner so I can't really tell how much significance that fencegrab had.. but it sure didn't look much to me..
And then the hit to the back of the head, looked to me as Herb was already on his way to stop it before it landed..
Also I understand why it's illegal to hit the back of the head, it's just dangerous... But maybe, it should also be made illegal to turn the back of your head towards the opponents striking hand, in almost every fight when a fighter is in trouble on the ground, they keep turning their head to make the opponent unable to strike, loose a point or force a standup...
I mean thats like trying to catch knees in in the clinch with your crotch, although that takes a lot more balls... or maybe no balls at all...
JB- May 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm
if this fight is changed to a no contest, it will be the biggest crock of commision shit since the diaz-gomi fight. what a freaking cry baby! smith holding the cage didnt change anything. and that "illegal blow" is a moot point. radach wouldnt have recovered from that shot, especially if smith would have kept hitting him.
HOW TASTES MY PEE PEE- May 6, 2009 at 10:23 am
Only faggot ass HAl and Tuf guy do that 1st shit.
Vyapaar- May 6, 2009 at 9:12 am
That is very well said Adam. Completely agree.
I hate the Diaz Brothers- May 6, 2009 at 9:08 am
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SCM- May 6, 2009 at 8:29 am
lol @ K.E.G.

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YouStupidBunny- May 6, 2009 at 6:23 am
He should start a support group with Ken Shamrock for fighters wronged by early stops.
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 6:13 am
26th
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 5:59 am
The only reason he got hit in the back of the head was because he was laying face first on the mat. I don't know how much more clear cut a KO can be. It's hard to lose a fight that you're winning for the most part right up until the end. But if it had been any more clear cut, he would have been unconscious.
CAPS LOCK HAL'S NAN IN DISGUISE- May 6, 2009 at 5:45 am
BITCHES!!
Tyler O.- May 6, 2009 at 5:34 am
Benji stop being a bitch ass phaggit!
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 4:31 am
Benji take your loss like a man, don't be a little bitch about it. you got knocked the fuck out deal with it
Armfarmer- May 6, 2009 at 4:29 am
Benji is the new BJ
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 1:01 am
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CAPS LOCK HAL's BOYFRIEND- May 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm
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dugmouth- May 5, 2009 at 9:40 pm
he will never look like more of a whiner than what he does right now. oh benji, how far you've gone to whine....you know, like a dog.
Gorgzilla- May 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm
Ahh. I see you are still eating CAPS LOCK TROLL's bait :D
Have you never noticed that he is always in opposition to the majority? That's coz his trolling!
Stop feeding the troll:D

Anyways... That fence grap was used as leverage for a trip. Without the fence grab there would be no trip and no escape from the gillotine. There should be more than a point deduction for illegally escaping a submission. Otherwise fighters will soon be doing nutshots from the gillotione, eye-pokes from the triangle, and trying to snap fingers when caught in a choke.

So for the good of the sport... fuck the cheaters!
lsadasd- May 5, 2009 at 9:12 pm
hands of steel has exactly that. Benji should be glad the ref stopped it early.
dude- May 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm
@ Truth Serum

You can't train a glass jaw.
Shawn Smith- May 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm
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CAPS LOCK HAL,- May 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm
FUCK YOU MOTHERFUCKING GOONS, YOU DON'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT MMA MOTHERFUCKERS. ATHLETIC COMMISSION SHOULD GIVE BENJI A WIN IN THAT FIGHT CAUSE THE STOPPAGE WAS FUCKING BULLSHIT. I FUCKING PITY YOU FUCKING LOSERS WHO THINK OTHERWISE. I COULD SMASH YOUR FUCKING LITTLE HEADS IF I HAD A CHANCE YOU FUCKING MMA NOOBS. GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM YOUR COMPUTERS AND GO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR PATHETIC LITTLE LIVES. YOU CAN COME TO MY GYM AND SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT YOU FUCKING GOONS. I WILL FUCK YOU UP SO HARD YOU WILL EAT YOUR SHIT. BENJI WON THAT FUCKING FIGHT IF NOT FOR THAT FUCKING ILLIGAL BLOW, SO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND ACCEPT THE TRUTH THAT YOU FUCKING SUCK MOTHERFUCKING FAGS.
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