When news broke last week regarding Josh Thomson’s inability to compete against Maximo Blanco on September 10 in Cincinnati at the “Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal” the first fighter to make his voice heard in hopes of filling the vacancy was well-rounded veteran Pat Healy. Now, backed by the overwhelming support of MMA fans everywhere, it looks like he’ll be getting his wish and in the process has validated the notion that when the people speak, Zuffa listens.
Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm bout agreements have been signed through a source close to the situation.
Healy is coming off back-to-back victories including a hard-fought decision against Eric Wisely earlier this month and has emerged with his hands raised five of the last six times he’s fought. Having bested the likes of Paul Daley, Dan Hardy, and Carlos Condit, “Bam Bam” holds an overall record of 25-16 and is undoubtedly glowing after today’s events given his desire to compete as frequently as possible.
In Blanco he will be facing a newcomer on six fight winning streak with the lot of his success coming overseas in Pancrase and SRC. The Venezuelan striker is 8-2-1- in his career with one of the losses the result of a DQ (kick to a downed opponent) and seven TKOs to his credit.
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