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Maximo Blanco: Made in Japan

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The situation at Nihon University eventually improved as Blanco learned the customs and moved up the seniority ladder, though he still does not regard that time as one of vast social growth. More than anything, it proved to be an investment period for his future prizefighting career. He went on to win international championships in freestyle wrestling in his home country of Venezuela, China and Azerbaijan before taking a bronze medal in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Even though his goal at the time was to earn a berth in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Blanco’s eyes were fixed on mixed martial arts.

Like many Japanese fighters of his generation -- Katsunori Kikuno, Yoshiro Maeda and Satoru Kitaoka, to name a few -- “Maxi” was inspired to become a mixed martial artist after watching the monumental Tokyo Dome event, Colosseum 2000, which pitted Masakatsu Funaki against Rickson Gracie. With a solid high school and college wrestling career and impressive tournament showings throughout his amateur career, Blanco’s viability in the sport was unquestionable. His original trajectory, as devised by his high school coach, Akutsu, and his wrestling contacts, was to roll into a sponsored spot in Pride Fighting Championships after his participation in the 2008 Olympics. As history will attest, though, it did not exactly turn out as planned.
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I want nothing more than for this guy to join a solid camp and go around the US ******* **** up. Maxi is one of the best fighters to watch. He goes crazy in that ring. Throwing him to Josh Thompson right away is a little crazy but I really hope he can pull it off.

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Posted by Budgellism

I want nothing more than for this guy to join a solid camp and go around the US ******* **** up. Maxi is one of the best fighters to watch. He goes crazy in that ring. Throwing him to Josh Thompson right away is a little crazy but I really hope he can pull it off.



I don't like the match-up with Thompson this early in his career, either. I'd like to see him training in the states a little longer before he starts with the solid vets like Thompson, but we will see whay he can do.

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Never seen this guy fight but this article made me a fan of this guy. What a life he's lived already and he's just now making it to the big leagues.

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Posted by quezocrema0032

Never seen this guy fight but this article made me a fan of this guy. What a life he's lived already and he's just now making it to the big leagues.



MAXIMO BLANCO HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

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im a little late but WOW what a highlight. Thanks man really excited for his zuffa debut.

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He's a little ball of energy. If he can manage to beat Thompson his career will blow up. A Blanco/Melendez fight would be very exciting.

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A fight between him and Clay Guida would be epic! Or even Eddie Alvarez!!!!

Post #8   7/14/11 4:10:02AM