Maximo Blanco is a very intimidating, scary man. That sentence alone does not do justice to the terror I would feel if confronted by an angry Blanco in any situation and let’s be honest, that isn’t a hyperbole – it’s just a factual statement. It is safe to say that staring down Maximo Blanco in a cage is one of the worst nightmares for any professional fighter, and that’s a hyperbole. Maxi if you’re reading this, please do not ever fight me. There’s a good chance I’d have a bowel-related accident, forcing me to slink home ashamed. I’m not going to wax lyrical about how he tries to make every opponent’s face look like a bad night-school pottery project because if you’ve been following MMA for any amount of time, you will know how a Blanco fight generally goes down.
Instead, I’ll remind you that the next man he is looking to turn into a modern-day Phineas Gage is Marcus Brimage, a fighter who was influenced to start training by Goku and his friends on Dragon Ball Z. To me, that’s all kinds of baller and win or lose, he has my respect for that alone. Marcus spoke to MMAFighting.com about facing Blanco and while he completely missed the opportunity to insult Blanco by calling him a poor man’s Yamcha or similar, he did have this to say.
“He’s a very aggressive guy, always moving forward, swinging heavy haymakers, blast double wrestling. He doesn’t let up. Most of the Japanese fighters he fought against were probably pretty scared of him, but that ain’t going to be the case with me. Like I said, we’re going to go ahead and start this party off right […] It’s going to be ‘Fight of the Night,’ slash, ‘Knockout of the Night.”
Marcus Brimage looking to spoil Jon Jones’ special night by putting on fight of the night and winning knockout of the night in what is scheduled to be the fight fight on the card should give you every reason to watch UFC 145 from the very beginning next Saturday. I’ll be watching from behind the sofa, just in case Blanco stares directly through the camera and into my soul.