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.
Pictured: Maximo Blanco