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Maximo Blanco Moves to UFC’s Featherweight Division

Written on September 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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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.

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Maximo Blanco will Meet Pat Healy at Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

Written on August 31, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Maximo Blanco's debut in the American soil will not be preempted, as he is now set to face Pat Healy at Stirkeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal.

Originally scheduled to face Josh Thomson, Maximo Blanco will now meet Pat Healy at Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal this September 10 in Cincinnati. It should be recalled that Josh Thomson withdrew from the said bout after acquiring a severe foot injury in training.

That said, Maximo Blanco will still have his opportunity to showcase his MMA skills in America, while Pat Healy will have a chance to prove that he belongs in title contention.

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Josh Thomson, Out of Strikeforce Bout with Maximo Blanco

Written on August 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Josh Thompson hurt himself within the past week, and tests revealed foot injury that left him unable to complete his training camp and compete.

Due to foot injury, Josh Thomson withdrew from his Strikeforce bout against Maximo Blanco this September 10. The Josh Thomson vs Maximo Blanco match was slated as a main card for the promotion’s upcoming event in Cincinnati that will feature Heavyweight Grand Prix fights. The said grand prix will feature a Josh Barnett vs Sergei Kharitonov and Antonio Silva vs Daniel Cormier matches.

Strikeforce officials could not immediately disclose whether they will seek a replacement for Josh Thomson against Maximo Blanco.

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Maximo Blanco to Enter Strikeforce

Written on May 18, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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Lightweight Maximo Blanco will show his prowers and fresh talent at Strikeforce.

A new MMA fighter named Maximo Blanco will make his way at Strikeforce as he signed four-fight deal with the organization.

Lightweight Maximo Blanco has defeated Won Sik Park at Sengoku Raiden Championships via unanimous decision last December. He has six winning streaks including five knockouts that make his name a bit scary at Strikeforce.

The 27-year-old Venezuelan Blanco has won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He has studied high school in Japan, he later broaden his fighting skills under Olympic judo gold medalist trainer Hidehiko Yoshida and started his MMA career in August 2008.

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