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Maximo Blanco Loses Strikeforce Debut, Gets Called Up to UFC Anyway

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If you missed the Strikeforce preliminary matchup between Maximo “Little Wanderlei” Blanco and Pat “The Spoiler” Healy, what the hell is wrong with you? Blanco is the highly entertaining prospect who’s been handing out brain damage in Japan for a hot minute, and news of his American debut against Josh Thomson was enough to make my nipples hard. Then Thomson pulled out, and Healy was announced as the replacement, which I was kinda bummed about.  Then I cheered up, because I still was getting to watch Maxi go all Beast Mode on a dude.  It’s Maxi Time, bitches!

Well, long story short: The Max Murderer lost his North American debut, tapping out to a rear naked choke at the end of the second round.

Not the end of the world, though — Blanco could string a few wins together in the minors, and all would be right with the world, while tearing through Strikeforce’s lesser-known lightweights in highlight-reel fashion. Then I hear news that Little Wanderlei — but not Healy — was on his way to the UFC.

Uh…… huh?

According to Maximo’s management company SuckerPunch Entertainment (and yes, that is a very ironic management company for a guy that a few opponents have called “dirty“), Blanco is headed to the UFC as a featherweight, dropping down to 145 for the first time in his career.

The only explanation that I can come up with is that Zuffa is looking to bolster the featherweight division, which is fairly shallow, compared to other weight classes.  Still, it’s a surprising development, since I cannot think of another fighter off the top of my head that went from Strikeforce to the UFC on a loss.  In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s ass-backwards from how we expect these things to work.

Stay tuned; as soon as I hear about an opponent and date for Blanco’s UFC debut, I’ll let you know.

Until then, how pissed off is Pat Healy right now?

[RX]

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Meaot- September 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm
I didn't know Sean Sherk was a referee...
agentsmith- September 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Maximo "Tequila" Blanco
kangerpang- September 15, 2011 at 10:56 am
I guess the kicks to the face on the ground was the selling feature for Dana.
DangadaDang- September 15, 2011 at 9:51 am
Notice that Mauro keeps saying that Blanco has never been submitted, not sure what he means there.
cpenny20- September 15, 2011 at 9:41 am
I think the last time a fighter went from SF to the UFC coming off a loss was Baroni.
LukeTheDuke- September 15, 2011 at 9:38 am
He had Blanco's right arm trapped enough to be able to roll him over with it, I'd say it was tight enough + Maxi was GASSED.
intercept440- September 15, 2011 at 9:37 am
i think its more along the lines of HOW he fights, every win he has is by KO or Sub he fights to win, ive watched this guy for a while his fights are always good.
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ide watch this guy any day of the week before i ever watched a jon fitch or a shieldzzz fight
Fried Taco- September 15, 2011 at 9:08 am
But that was a bitch how he got caught in the RNC. Healy didn't have hooks in, so he didn't have complete control and Maxi should have been able to squirm out of it. But he was trying to roll the wrong way. Armchair BJJ is so damn easy!
Fried Taco- September 15, 2011 at 9:05 am
I think it was more along the way of Zuffa telling Maximo he needs to drop down a class if he wants to compete at a higher level. And that means going to the UFC, since 145 doesn't exist in Strikeforce.
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