Maximo Blanco has become the latest fighter to make the switch from the ailing Strikeforce promotion to the UFC.
Blanco only made his Strikeforce debut on Saturday, and despite showing glimpses of his eye-catching striking skills he eventually succumbed to a rear naked choke submission at the hands of Pat Healy late in the second round.
Despite that loss there’s no doubt the 27 year-old Venezuelan is clearly very talented and that has convinced the UFC to bring him on-board.
There is a catch though – Blanco will not move to the UFC’s stacked 155lb weight class, but rather will be a new addition to it’s burgeoning featherweight division.
“145 looks like a better fit for Maxi,” Blanco’s manager Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment told MMAfighting today.
Blanco joins Nick Diaz, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, Alistair Overeem and Cung Le who have also made the jump from Strikeforce in recent months.