Maximo Blanco

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Maximo Blanco
Born(1983-10-16) October 16, 1983 (age 30)
Falcón, Venezuela
Other namesMaxi
NationalityVenezuelan
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionLightweight
Featherweight (current)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico
TeamGreg Jackson's Submission Fighting
Yoshida Dojo (occasionally)
Sengoku Training Players (2008–2011)
WrestlingFreestyle Wrestling
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins9
By knockout7
By decision2
Losses6
By submission2
By decision2
By disqualification2
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Maximo Blanco
Born(1983-10-16) October 16, 1983 (age 30)
Falcón, Venezuela
Other namesMaxi
NationalityVenezuelan
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionLightweight
Featherweight (current)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico
TeamGreg Jackson's Submission Fighting
Yoshida Dojo (occasionally)
Sengoku Training Players (2008–2011)
WrestlingFreestyle Wrestling
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins9
By knockout7
By decision2
Losses6
By submission2
By decision2
By disqualification2
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Maximo Blanco (born October 16, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former lightweight King Of Pancrase. Blanco was also a freestyle wrestling competitor at the 2007 Pan American Games and came close to winning a Bronze Medal in the 144 lb weight division, he later lost the 3rd place match via points to Peruvian grappler Aldo Parimango.[1]

Early life[edit]

Blanco was a standout wrestler in high school. His wrestling ability earned him a scholarship at a Japanese university in Fukuoka. He was unable to speak fluent Japanese and was bullied while attending school where he also was an All Japan High School and College wrestler.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Pancrase[edit]

Blanco made his mixed martial arts debut on August 27, 2008 against Yuki Yashima at Pancrase – Shining 6. The bout ended in a No Contest after an accidental headbutt.[3]

He returned to the promotion at Pancrase – Shining 8 on October 1, 2008 and knocked out Hiroki Aoki with a slam and punches in just 22 seconds.[4]

Blanco faced Daisuke Hanazawa at Pancrase – Shining 10 on December 7, 2008 and was defeated by submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the second round.[5]

He faced Koji Oishi at Pancrase – Changing Tour 2 on April 5, 2009. The fight was ruled a Draw after two rounds.

Sengoku Raiden Championship[edit]

Blanco made his debut for Sengoku Raiden Championship at Sengoku no Ran 2009 on January 4, 2009 and knocked out standout wrestler Seigo Inoue with stomps in 38 seconds.[6]

Blanco returned to SRC at Sengoku 8 on May 2, 2009 against Akihiko Mori. He was disqualified after striking Mori with an illegal soccer kick after knocking him down with a punch.[7]

In his next fight, Blanco became the Lightweight King of Pancrase by defeating veteran Katsuya Inoue with punches in the second round at Pancrase – Changing Tour 4 on August 8, 2009.[8]

Blanco faced Tetsuya Yamada at Sengoku 10 on September 23, 2009. He won the fight by TKO in the second round.[9]

On March 7, 2010, Blanco knocked out Chang Hyun Kim with a head kick at Sengoku Raiden Championships 12.[10]

Blanco was matched up against Rodrigo Damm at Sengoku Raiden Championships 13 on June 20, 2010. He defeated Damm by TKO early in the second round.[11]

Blanco faced Kiuma Kunioku at Sengoku Raiden Championship 15 on October 30, 2010.[12] He won the fight via KO late in the first round.[13]

On April 11, 2011, Pancrase announced Blanco had vacated his lightweight King of Pancrase title, due to an inability to defend his belt because of numerous injuries.[14]

Strikeforce[edit]

Blanco next signed a 3 fight deal with Strikeforce.

Blanco was expected to face Josh Thomson at Strikeforce 36 but a foot injury caused Thompson to drop out.[15] Pat Healy stepped in for the injured Thomson.[16] Blanco lost the bout via submission in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On September 14, 2011, Blanco's management stated that he would be moving down to the featherweight division and that his next fight would be in the UFC.[17]

In his debut, Blanco faced Marcus Brimage on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[18] He lost the fight via split decision.

For his second fight with the promotion, Blanco took on Sam Sicilia on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[19] He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Blanco faced Akira Corassani on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.[20] Early in the opening round Blanco landed an illegal knee to the head of Corassani when he had a knee and hand on the ground. Corassani was unable to continue, so Blanco lost the bout via disqualification.

Blanco faced Felipe Arantes on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.[21] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss9–6–1 (1)Felipe ArantesDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. MousasiFebruary 15, 201435:00Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Loss9–5–1 (1)Akira CorassaniDQ (illegal knee)The Ultimate Fighter 18 FinaleNovember 30, 201310:25Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win9–4–1 (1)Sam SiciliaDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter 17 FinaleApril 13, 201335:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss8–4–1 (1)Marcus BrimageDecision (split)UFC 145April 21, 201235:00Atlanta, Georgia, United StatesDrops to Featherweight
Loss8–3–1 (1)Pat HealySubmission (rear naked choke)Strikeforce: Barnett vs. KharitonovSeptember 10, 201124:27Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win8–2–1 (1)Won Sik ParkDecision (unanimous)World Victory Road Presents: Soul of FightDecember 30, 201035:00Tokyo, Japan
Win7–2–1 (1)Kiuma KuniokuKO (punches)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 15October 30, 201014:26Tokyo, Japan
Win6–2–1 (1)Rodrigo DammTKO (punches)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13June 20, 201020:45Saitama, Japan
Win5–2–1 (1)Chang Hyun KimKO (head kick and punches)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 12March 7, 201011:10Tokyo, Japan
Win4–2–1 (1)Tetsuya YamadaTKO (punches)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10September 23, 200921:12Saitama, Japan
Win3–2–1 (1)Katsuya InoueTKO (punches)Pancrase: Changing Tour 4August 8, 200924:38Tokyo, JapanWon the Lightweight King of Pancrase title
Loss2–2–1 (1)Akihiko MoriDQ (illegal soccer kick)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8May 2, 200914:20Tokyo, Japan
Draw2–1–1 (1)Koji OishiDrawPancrase: Changing Tour 2April 5, 200925:00Tokyo, Japan
Win2–1 (1)Seigo InoueKO (stomps)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009January 4, 200910:38Saitama, Japan
Loss1–1 (1)Daisuke HanazawaSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Pancrase: Shining 10December 7, 200822:19Tokyo, Japan
Win1–0 (1)Hiroki AokiTKO (slam and punches)Pancrase: Shining 8October 1, 200810:22Tokyo, Japan
NC0–0 (1)Yuki YashimaNC (accidental headbutt)Pancrase: Shining 6August 27, 200810:56Tokyo, Japan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://prommanow.com/2009/03/31/maximo-blanco-loose-cannon-good-prospect/
  2. ^ "Maximo Blanco Shows Sengoku Can Develop Talent". BloodyElbow.com. 2010-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Kondo Wins, Not Impressive". Sherdog.com. 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Kawamura Wins KOP After Battle with Yamamiya". Sherdog.com. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Inoue Outpoints Oishi At 'Shining 10'". Sherdog.com. 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Kitaoka, Santiago Crowned By Sengoku". Sherdog.com. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  7. ^ "Hioki Taps Mann To Advance in Sengoku GP". Sherdog.com. 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  8. ^ "Kondo Stops Kim in Pancrase". Sherdog.com. 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  9. ^ "Izumi's Debut Spoiled; Hornbuckle Finishes Thompson at Sengoku 10". Sherdog.com. 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  10. ^ "Santiago Outpoints Khalidov at SRC 12". Sherdog.com. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Sandro Dethrones Kanehara in 38 Seconds at SRC 13". Sherdog.com. 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Kiuma Kunioku To Face Maximo Blanco At SRC 15". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  13. ^ "Izumi Bests Zikic, Cobb Decisions Yokota at SRC 15". Sherdog.com. 2010-10-30. 
  14. ^ Nelson, Chris (2011-04-11). "Blanco Abdicates Pancrase Throne; Lightweight GP Begins May 3". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  15. ^ "Josh Thomson scratched from "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov"". MMAjunkie.com. 2011-08-23. 
  16. ^ "Healy replaces Thomson, meets Blanco at "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov"". MMAjunkie.com. 2011-08-30. 
  17. ^ Helwani, Ariel (2011-09-14). "Maximo Blanco Headed to UFC Featherweight Division". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  18. ^ "Maximo Blanco vs. Marcus Brimage Verbally Agreed for UFC 145 in Atlanta". mmaweekly.com. January 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ Staff (February 16, 2013). "TUF 17 Finale Adds Maximo Blanco vs. Sam Sicilia". mmaweekly.com. 
  20. ^ "Maximo Blanco meets Akira Corassani at TUF 18 Finale in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. 2013-09-28. 
  21. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-01-02). "Felipe Arantes vs. Maximo Blanco added to February’s UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 

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