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Video Evidence: Maximo Blanco Zombifies Kiumu Kunioku at Sengoku 15

(The whole fight is worth watching, but if you’re in a hurry just go ahead and start at 6:30 for the good stuff. VidProps: MegaVideo)

When you have a name as epic as Maximo Blanco I guess you really have no choice but to be the kind of fighter who throws hands with reckless abandon and racks up highlight reel knockouts like they’re going out of style. If you fight primarily in Japan, it’s also OK to have your nickname be “Maxi” and your fighting exploits described as “Maxi Time!” despite what we in the west might see as the uncomfortably close proximity of that name to a certain brand of feminine hygiene products. Regardless, Blanco’s blockbuster knockout of Kiumu Kunioku from Sengoku 15 over the weekend is definitely a worth a watch.

The fight moves along at a pretty good clip for the first six-and-a-half minutes, until Blanco abruptly decides that it’s fuckin’ MAXI TIME. The current lightweight King of Pancrase drops Kunioku with a punch and follows it with a soccer kick that causes the Japanese veteran to snatch desperately for a single leg. Blanco spins free of it (doing sort of an atomic butt drop on Kunioku in the process) and then absolutely crushes him with an uppercut as he tries to stand. You know the rest: Strikes on the ground until the ref stops it while Michael Schiavello yells, “He almost decapitated him! It’s good night freaking Irene!” For once, the play-by-play shouter’s histrionics seem to fit the situation nicely.


For those of you scoring at home, this makes Blanco’s fifth consecutive win by some form of knockout. The 27-year-old Venezuelan prospect is a decorated international freestyle wrestler who came to MMA in 2008 and reportedly became something called a “Sengoku training player” in September of last year. From what I gather, that means that the company pretty much pays him to train and fight which, aside from being a serious goddamned conflict of interest, must be pretty sweet for Blanco, a dude who some say has a problem with following the rules.

At least one published report calls Blanco a “loose cannon” and refers to a “string of dominance and rule skirting” during his first few professional bouts. His first mixed fight – against Yuki Yashima in Pancrase – was declared a no contest after the two clashed heads while Blanco powerbombed his way out of a Yashima triangle choke and then allegedly wouldn’t stop punching (and stomping) his opponent as the ref tried to pull him off. Reports say something similar happened in his second fight with Hiroki Aoki and again in his third, when he nailed Daisuke Hanazawa with an illegal knee that almost ended the fight. In that bout, Hanazawa was able to come back and secure an arm bar for the victory. Additionally, Blanco lost a fight in May of 2009 after an illegal soccer kick on Akihiko Mori. 

So, yeah, draw your own conclusion on what kind of fighter Blanco is, I guess. Reports of cheating aside, this string of consecutive knockouts is the kind of thing that could conceivably get a kid noticed by the UFC, if and when it ever decides to take its relentless campaign for global dominance to Japan. Or, for that matter, South America.

I can hear Dana now: “Wait, there’s a South America? Let’s fuckin’ go!”

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agentsmith- November 1, 2010 at 6:16 am
I've always thought "Maximo Blanco" sounds like a brand of high-powered tequila.

Also, Kunioku's record is 34-24-9. So yeah, he's pretty much a can.
WalksInTheDarkness- October 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm
And a cage is great for holding people against ask Nick Lentz and Randy Couture (and Frank Mir in his most recent fight), hence the tactic of wall and stall which is virtually impossible in a cage.

The closest there has ever come to a perfect fighting surface is the Yamma...
Peetee- October 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm
So he trains striking with maxi pads..?
Mr_Misanthropy- October 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Diving purposely through the ropes to force a restart and avoid getting punched directly in the head and arms? Also ridiculous.
Null Kuhl- October 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm
This fight is an absolutely perfect example of why MMA fights should never take place in a ring. Rings are great for boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, etc, but completely worthless for MMA. I hate all the restarts, and punching somebody when their head and arms are through the ropes? Ridiculous...
numbnuts- October 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm
He used his Gluteus Maximus (AKA his ass) to push his head down before the big uppercut. I think that si why he calls himself Maximo
Mr_Misanthropy- October 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Of course Dana knows about Brazil. How do you think he gets the last scraggily tufts of hair that cling to his shiny bald head and other random parts of his body removed for that silky smooth feel and shiny reflective luster? BRAZILian wax fuckers.

Michael Schiavello should go back to sticking his thumb directly in the butthole of Crocodiles. "Oy! We guttah biggun heeyah! Aftah aye steck me thumb dee-rectly in his bunghole it'sa GOOOOOOOD NIGHT IIIIIIIIRENE!"
MoTropolis- October 30, 2010 at 11:29 am
That was fuckin epic. It looked like the offensive version of the ballet Brock performed during the Velasquez fight.
Fried Taco- October 30, 2010 at 10:28 am
Give Dana a break, he just recently discovered Mexico. It will be awhile before he notices anything south of that. (Dana keeps asking "Where do all these Brazilian dudes come from? And why don't they have wrestling there?")
dedflesh- October 30, 2010 at 9:52 am
i was expecting something much worse
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