Maximo Blanco Moves to UFC’s Featherweight Division
Top lightweight prospect, Maximo Blanco, drops down to featherweight division following his loss over Pat Healy at "Strikeforce - Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event.
After attaining a submission loss over Pat Healy at the Strikeforce event last weekend, Maximo Blanco’s management has announced that the MMA fighter would now be moving down from lightweight to featherweight division; and that his next bout will be under the UFC promotion.
“[Blanco] will be back strong, very soon, this time at 145 pounds in the UFC,” Blanco’s team at Sucker Punch Entertainment posted on Twitter last Tuesday.
UFC officials have not yet formally confirmed this move.
Maximo Blanco (8-3-1) recently signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce. However, the former Sengoku Raiden Championship fighter has ended in disappointment during his promotional debut, which was held last Sept.10 on the main card of “Strikeforce: Barnett vs Kharitonov” event. He was supposed to meet Josh Thomson at the show but an injury forced Thompson off the card, putting Pat Healy as a replacement. Maximo Blanco lost the bout in the second round.
The misfortune broke his six-fight win streak, which consists of five knockout victories. Prior to his win streak, the 27-year-old fighter attained a controversial loss over Koji Oishi, and then decided to sign under the Sengoku.
A date and opponent have already been determined for Maximo Blanco’s promotional debut. He will be adding intensity to a division being ruled by Jose Aldo.View Article Source »