Radach-St. Preux Greenlit for ‘Henderson vs. Babalu 2’

By Brian Knapp Nov 30, 2010
UFC and International Fight League veteran Benji Radach (Pictured) will meet Ovince St. Preux in a featured matchup at Strikeforce “Henderson vs. Babalu” this Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Strikeforce officials on Tuesday confirmed the matchup, which will be contested at 205 pounds.

Radach has not competed since losing a hotly contested slugfest with Scott Smith nearly two years ago. The 31-year-old suffered a torn pectoral muscle while training in January, underwent surgery to repair the damage and developed a post-op staph infection. Radach has a long-standing relationship with the injury bug. Bitten by a brown recluse spider in 2004, he developed an infection that carved a golf ball-sized hole out of his leg. Still, he accepted a match against Chris Leben under the Sportfight banner and suffered a broken jaw in two places for his troubles. Radach eventually missed nearly three years of competition, as he underwent surgeries for a herniated disc and torn knee ligament, the latter of which resulted in a serious MRSA staph infection that led to talk of possible amputation. Broken hands and a broken collarbone have rounded out his injury checklist.

A potent finisher when healthy, Radach has secured 17 of his 21 career victories by knockout or technical knockout. Wins over former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua, UFC veteran Gerald Harris and one-time IFL middleweight titleholder Ryan McGivern anchor his resume.

St. Preux, a former linebacker at the University of Tennessee, will carry a five-fight winning streak into the match. The 27-year-old last appeared at Strikeforce Challengers 12 on Nov. 19, when he earned a unanimous decision over Antwain Britt.

A light heavyweight showdown between two-time Olympian Dan Henderson and Renato “Babalu” Sobral will headline Strikeforce’s year-end event, along with a middleweight tilt pairing former EliteXC champion Robbie Lawler with 2000 Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland.

Strikeforce “Henderson vs. Sobral 2”
Saturday, Dec. 4
Scottrade Center
St. Louis

Dan Henderson vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland
Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith
Antonio Silva vs. Mike Kyle
Benji Radach vs. Ovince St. Preux
Fernando Bettega vs. Wayne Phillips
Justin Lawrence vs. Max Martyniouk
Terrell Brown vs. Patrick Cummins
Lee Brousseau vs. Mike Glenn
Ben Brown vs. JW Wright
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