Strikeforce today bolstered their lightweight roster with the signing of former Sengoku star Maximo Blanco.

After a less than impressive start to his MMA career in which he went 2-2-1 (1nc), Blanco has turned things around well, winning the lightweight King Of Pancrase tournament in the summer of 2009, and then making a name for himself in the Japanese promotion Sengoku with a further five wins in a row, with the majority of those victories coming by either KO or TKO.

The 27 year-old has signed a multi-fight deal with the Strikeforce promotion, and certainly adds spice to what is a relatively thin division at this moment in time.

Having said that, with Gilbert Melendez firmly installed as the current 155lb champion, along with others like KJ Noons, JZ Cavalcante and Josh Thomson, the Venezuelan is going to be facing a step up in competition as he tries to make a name for himself overseas.