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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 12: Maximo Blanco weighs in during the TUF 17 Finale weigh-in at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on April 12, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: It all depends on which day, but usually running or cardio work in the morning, then sparring in the evening.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I was a national wrestling champion of Venezuela and I was recruited by Sendai Ikuei High School in Japan. Ikuei is known for a wrestling powerhouse in Japan.
What ranks and titles have you held? PRO MMA: King of Pancrase (155 lbs)
Amateur Wrestling: (freestyle); 2005 All Japan University Wrestling Championship Under 74 kg Winner; 2005 Prime Minister Cup - National Wrestling Championship Under 74 kg Winner; 2005 All Japan University Wresting Championship - Winner / team competition
Do you have any heroes? Diego Sanchez, BJ Penn
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I attended Japan University商学部
What was your job before you started fighting? I never had a job. I always had sponsors that supported my living.
Favorite grappling technique: Armlock (kimura)
Favorite striking technique: Superman punch