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Maximo Blanco Dropping to Featherweight, Moving to UFC

After losing his Strikeforce debut to lightweight Pat Healy this past Saturday, Sengoku veteran Maximo Blanco is dropping is dropping from 155-pounds to the 145-pound featherweight division and moving to the UFC, the fighter’s management announced Wednesday.

“[Blanco] will be back strong, very soon, this time, at 145 lbs in the UFC,” Sucker Punch Entertainment wrote.

A date and opponent for Blanco’s Octagon debut have not been announced.

Blanco’s (8-3-1) second-round submission to Healy was his first loss since a 2009 DQ and he came close to being disqualified again after kicking Healy in the face on the ground in a strong opening round.

The UFC featherweight division is currently led by champion Jose Aldo, who puts his title on the line against Kenny Florian next month at UFC 136.

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