Maximo Blanco could be headed stateside. | Daniel
Blanco is no longer under contract with Sengoku Raiden
Championship promoter World Victory Road.
The 27-year-old Venezuelan lightweight has parted ways with the
Japanese organization and, having recently signed with American
management company SuckerPunch Entertainment, is eying a move
stateside in 2011. Sherdog.com learned Wednesday from a source
close to the fighter that SuckerPunch is already engaged in talks
UFC and Strikeforce
parent company Zuffa, LLC, and Bellator
Fighting Championships regarding Blanco’s services.
A former lightweight King of Pancrase,
Blanco has won six straight bouts. Known for his explosiveness and
powerful strikes, “Maxi” made his Sengoku debut in 2009, finishing
Inoue with stomps just 38 seconds into their contest. Blanco
fought four times in 2010, collecting technical knockouts of
Kunioku and Chang Hyun
Most recently, the Pan-American Games freestyle wrestling bronze
medalist earned a unanimous decision over South Korean prospect
Park at SRC’s “Soul of
Fight” in December. The victory marked the first time Blanco
had seen the judges’ scorecards as a professional.
Tony Loiseleur contributed to this report.