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Maximo Blanco Headed to UFC Featherweight Division

Tallica19812011-09-17 23:17:37 +0000 #1
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Maximo Blanco's run in Strikeforce has come to an end after just one fight.

Blanco's manager, Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment, confirmed with MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that the Venezuelan fighter has been moved from the Strikeforce lightweight division to the UFC featherweight division effective immediately. No word just yet on when Blanco will debut in the UFC.

As Butler-Au put it, "145 looks like a better fit for Maxi," who has never fought at featherweight before.

The 27-year-old lost via submission to Pat Healy in his Strikeforce debut this past Saturday night. The loss snapped his six-fight winning streak and dropped his record to 8-3-1 (1 NC).

Prior to signing with Strikeforce, Blanco had fought for World Victory Road and Pancrase
Tallica19812011-09-17 23:22:41 +0000 #2
Good move for him. I still think he can have success, and dropping to FW wil help. He looked pretty undersized last time out.
BulldogWrestler2011-09-17 23:43:01 +0000 #3
Yeah, Healy overpowered him.

That said, I think it's a good move and he can make some noise at FW.
Lefty2011-09-17 23:34:37 +0000 #4
Maximo had me off my seat cheering at his crazy combos. Lots of potential in this guy. He's still young and can hopefully get finely tuned by a good trainer and build some power. Good to see him picked up.
fightfan802011-09-17 23:45:30 +0000 #5
Business as usual lol.

Love watching Maximo fight, hopefully the cut won't slow down his early agression, he comes out like a young Wanderlai!
Snapcat2011-09-18 01:47:37 +0000 #6
He gasses pretty quick though. By round 2 he was huffing.

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