Maximo Blanco needed the full 15 minutes to pick apart Sam Sicilia and take the decision win at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale. It was the desire to win which allowed Blanco to leave with his hand raised high.
“My cornerman told me the person who has the strongest heart is going to win,” said Blanco to MMA Fighting. “That’s how I took this fight.”
Blanco entered with two straight losses out of Strikeforce and the UFC. It was his first win in the U.S.A.
Sicilia has a pair of losses since dropping to featherweight.
They were on the Facebook portion of TUF 17 Finale on April 13. It came from Las Vegas, NV’s Mandalay Bay Events Center.