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TUF 17 Finale: Sam Sicilia Vs. Maximo Blanco

Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco

We remain in the featherweight division, as Sam Sicilia (11-2) and Maximo Blanco (8-4-1) each try to likely keep their job with a win. Both fighters are on losing streaks. Kim Winslow is the referee.

Round 1: Blanco throws a high kick that misses, Sicilia pounces, but is unable to control him. Blanco attempting to secure position, while Sicilia is searching for a kimura. Nice exchange, as Sicilia lands a right and Blanco fires back with a combo to the body. Both have strong wrestling bases, so this has turned into a stand-up war, with Sicilia getting the better of it so far. Blanco working his jab now, adding in some solid kicks. Nice little flurry by Sicilia to secure the round on my scorecard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sicilia

Round 2: Sicilia lands with the right, dropping Blanco and going on the attack. Sicilia unable to keep him down, and now holding him against the fence. Blanco coming back strong now, landing with ease and no defense. It’s time for action, as they stand and trade for several seconds before Blanco lands a double-leg takedown. Blood pouring out from Blanco’s nose, as Sicilia gets back to his feet. Big left uppercut just lands by Sicilia, but he has no defense for the jab, eating several right to the face. Swooping right hook crushes the jaw of Sicilia.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Blanco

Round 3: Blanco lands the first big blow of the third, as a right backs Sicilia up. Just like that, Sicilia comes back with a right of his own, and a left lands by Blanco. Possible guillotine attempt from Blanco, but Sicilia gets free, and escapes a crucifix attempt, as well. Takedown from Blanco, Sicilia quick gets back to his feet and lands with a pair of strikes. Very exciting, very close fight that could land a TV spot if time allows. Blanco gets a takedown and lands some rights to the head with a minute left. Knee lands by Blanco to the shoulder, but Sicilia with an upkick and they finish on the feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Blanco

Maximo Blanco def. Sam Sicilia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)