October 16, 1983 |
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Team||Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting
Yoshida Dojo (occasionally)
Sengoku Training Players (2008–2011)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
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.
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
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.
On March 7, 2010, Blanco knocked out Chang Hyun Kim with a head kick at Sengoku Raiden Championships 12.
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.
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. Pat Healy stepped in for the injured Thomson. Blanco lost the bout via submission in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Blanco faced Akira Corassani on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. 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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||9 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||9–6–1 (1)||Felipe Arantes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi||February 15, 2014||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Loss||9–5–1 (1)||Akira Corassani||DQ (illegal knee)||The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale||November 30, 2013||1||0:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–4–1 (1)||Sam Sicilia||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale||April 13, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–4–1 (1)||Marcus Brimage||Decision (split)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Drops to Featherweight|
|Loss||8–3–1 (1)||Pat Healy||Submission (rear naked choke)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||2||4:27||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||8–2–1 (1)||Won Sik Park||Decision (unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight||December 30, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–2–1 (1)||Kiuma Kunioku||KO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 15||October 30, 2010||1||4:26||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–2–1 (1)||Rodrigo Damm||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13||June 20, 2010||2||0:45||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5–2–1 (1)||Chang Hyun Kim||KO (head kick and punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 12||March 7, 2010||1||1:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–2–1 (1)||Tetsuya Yamada||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10||September 23, 2009||2||1:12||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||3–2–1 (1)||Katsuya Inoue||TKO (punches)||Pancrase: Changing Tour 4||August 8, 2009||2||4:38||Tokyo, Japan||Won the Lightweight King of Pancrase title|
|Loss||2–2–1 (1)||Akihiko Mori||DQ (illegal soccer kick)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8||May 2, 2009||1||4:20||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||2–1–1 (1)||Koji Oishi||Draw||Pancrase: Changing Tour 2||April 5, 2009||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–1 (1)||Seigo Inoue||KO (stomps)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009||January 4, 2009||1||0:38||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||1–1 (1)||Daisuke Hanazawa||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase: Shining 10||December 7, 2008||2||2:19||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0 (1)||Hiroki Aoki||TKO (slam and punches)||Pancrase: Shining 8||October 1, 2008||1||0:22||Tokyo, Japan|
|NC||0–0 (1)||Yuki Yashima||NC (accidental headbutt)||Pancrase: Shining 6||August 27, 2008||1||0:56||Tokyo, Japan|
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- "Kondo Wins, Not Impressive". Sherdog.com. 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
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- "Josh Thomson scratched from "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov"". MMAjunkie.com. 2011-08-23.
- "Healy replaces Thomson, meets Blanco at "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov"". MMAjunkie.com. 2011-08-30.
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- "Maximo Blanco vs. Marcus Brimage Verbally Agreed for UFC 145 in Atlanta". mmaweekly.com. January 19, 2012.
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- "Maximo Blanco meets Akira Corassani at TUF 18 Finale in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. 2013-09-28.
- 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.