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Maximo Blanco Signs With Strikeforce

Exciting lightweight Maximo Blanco has signed a four-fight contract with Strikeforce, an official from SuckerPunch Entertainment, Blanco's management team, confirmed with MMA Fighting.

Sherdog.com first reported the news Tuesday morning. No word just yet on when he will debut for the organization.

The former lightweight King of Pancrase most recently fought for Sengoku Raiden Championships in December, defeating Won Sik Park via unanimous decision, which helped extend the Venezuelan-born Blanco's winning streak to six. Prior to that decision win, the 27-year-old had knocked out his last five opponents.

Blanco won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The 8-2-1 (1 no contest) fighter moved to Japan in high school and later trained under the tutelage of Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. He made his MMA debut in August 2008.