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Strikeforce's Pat Healy not surprised by Maximo Blanco's illegal kicks

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Pat Healy can't say he's really all that surprised.

Before the lightweight fighter took a late-notice booking against Maximo Blanco, he looked up his opponent's past bouts in Japan and noticed a disturbing trend: He often fought dirty.

Healy's bout with Blanco at Saturday's "Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event nearly ended early due to his opponent's illegal kicks. But Healy was determined to earn his victory the old-fashioned way.

Instead, Healy shook off the affects of nearly a dozen illegal kicks and stormed back for a second-round submission victory on the Showtime-televised main card at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena.

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Post #1   9/11/11 11:00:35AM   

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To be honest, when it happened I didnt think much about it, maybe that's because I've been watching a lot of pride lately. Man I wish kicks to a downed opponent were legal. It makes it more exciting IMO

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Yeah, I didn't think much about it either. Like I thought it was interesting on my first though, like I wasn't thinking about it being illegal untill I realized it once the ref started to come in.

With some of those guys not used to the rules, they can just do it on instinct(sp)

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Posted by prophecy033

To be honest, when it happened I didnt think much about it, maybe that's because I've been watching a lot of pride lately. Man I wish kicks to a downed opponent were legal. It makes it more exciting IMO



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WAR BAM BAM!!!

Thrilled to see Pat pick up the win!

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Posted by emfleek

WAR BAM BAM!!!

Thrilled to see Pat pick up the win!





Blanco should hit up 145

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Seems like Healy has a dislike for Blanco. First calls him a roid head and then dirty.

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Posted by quezocrema0032

Seems like Healy has a dislike for Blanco. First calls him a roid head and then dirty.


You never know when it comes to those guys who made their careers in Japan...

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I guess he planned on milking the pain to get a point taken away, I mean they were little patter kicks and he acted like he was almost knocked out, dam i wish that was pride healy wouldve been in big trouble for sure if blanco really let loose on those kicks.. i dont know man, these limited rules of no knees or kicks are getting annoying and the crowd acted like blanco stole candy from a baby after those little kicks too haha gimme a break... it was a good win for healy but he sure opened his mouth enough, what did blanco do to him exactly...

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Posted by Cooler

I guess he planned on milking the pain to get a point taken away, I mean they were little patter kicks and he acted like he was almost knocked out, dam i wish that was pride healy wouldve been in big trouble for sure if blanco really let loose on those kicks.. i dont know man, these limited rules of no knees or kicks are getting annoying and the crowd acted like blanco stole candy from a baby after those little kicks too haha gimme a break... it was a good win for healy but he sure opened his mouth enough, what did blanco do to him exactly...



I've gotta spread the love but I agree completely.

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The fact of the matter is that those kicks WERE illegal, and most people consider doing something illegal dirty. I totally see where Healy is coming from.

Very glad Healy won, and he did it in such a sick way.

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Posted by Cooler

I guess he planned on milking the pain to get a point taken away, I mean they were little patter kicks and he acted like he was almost knocked out, dam i wish that was pride healy wouldve been in big trouble for sure if blanco really let loose on those kicks.. i dont know man, these limited rules of no knees or kicks are getting annoying and the crowd acted like blanco stole candy from a baby after those little kicks too haha gimme a break... it was a good win for healy but he sure opened his mouth enough, what did blanco do to him exactly...


Dude get off Blanco's nuts!! Those "pitter-patter" kicks caused a cut that was vicious enough to call in the doctor between rounds!

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Posted by Cooler
it was a good win for healy but he sure opened his mouth enough, what did blanco do to him exactly...




I agree with this and wonder the same thing. Pretty much the moment this fight was booked Healy was talking trash but I never heard anything from Maximo. Did I miss something, or is Healy looking to take on a Sonnen like persona to get attention?

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Posted by DeadHead988


Posted by quezocrema0032

Seems like Healy has a dislike for Blanco. First calls him a roid head and then dirty.


You never know when it comes to those guys who made their careers in Japan...



You never know when it comes to professional athletes who made their careers anywhere.

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Those kicks shouldn't be illegal. There is nothing more dangerous about them than a myriad of other legal strikes.

But they were, and I'm pretty sure Blanco knew they were. He isn't stupid.

And I am not sure what put the sand in Healy's snizz about Blanco. He has basically called Blanco a dirty cheating 'roid user. It might be that Pat Healy and Blanco have had vastly different career experiences, and that Healy felt slighted by the hype that Blanco had.

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