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Wednesday, 09/14/2011, 03:17 pm

Top Lightweight Prospect Maximo Blanco Moves To UFC’s Featherweight Division Following Healy Loss


Highly regarded as one of the next big things in the 155 pound division, Maximo Blanco and his management team have now apparently struck a deal with the UFC to defect from the Strikeforce lightweight division and become part of the UFC’s featherweight roster.

The decision comes shortly after his promotional debut at Strikeforce this past Saturday when he was unable to fend off the larger and stronger Pat Healy.
His management team took to twitter yesterday evening to announce the news:

“[Blanco] will be back strong, very soon, this time at 145 pounds in the UFC,” the message read.

Blanco was an exciting acquisition to the ZUFFA family that had many MMA fans waiting in anticipation for his debut. However the upset loss to Healy snapped the Sengoku and King Of Pancrase veterans six-fight win streak and took the wind out his sails.

The UFC remains silent on the fighters move down in weight and a debut opponent has yet to be named.


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