Strikeforce Barnett vs. Kharitonov Play-by-Play: Maximo Blanco vs. Pat Healy

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Maximo Blanco vs. Pat Healy (lightweight)

Round 1: Blanco starts quickly, firing off a superman punch and sweeps Healy to the mat. He immediately starts work from half guard. Healy gets out and they’re back on their feet. Blanco fires off a couple more punches right away, landing in combination. Blanco nixes Healy’s reach advantage by firing off an assortment of strikes, including a head kick that landed flush. He rushes Healy to the mat and starts ground and pounding from his full guard, mixing up punches and elbows. Healy shifts position looking for an armbar and then a leglock, but Blanco starts kicking Healy to the face while he was going for the leglock. Both fighters were clearly still down on the mat. They call a halt to the action to check Healy’s condition and assess a one-point deduction to Blanco for the illegal technique. Healy checks out okay and wants to continue. Blanco opens up on fire after that unloading kicks, punches, and backfists on Healy. Healy snags Blanco by the waist and slams him to the mat, Blanco on all fours, Healy glued to his back. Healy finishes with some punches and hammerfists before the bell. scores round one 10-9 for Blanco, but he is deducted one point to make it a 9-9 round.

Round 2: Blanco lands a weak backfist, but hits Healy with a hard right hook on follow-up. Blanco is throwing punches from all angles, leaving Healy looking out of sorts. Blanco using good head movement to avoid most of Healy’s punches, but Healy catches up to him and slams Blanco to the mat. Healy takes Blanco’s back and locks on a rear naked choke. Blanco slips out and gets back to his feet where he starts to light up Healy with punches again. Healy is finally getting through with some lunging punches and then takes Blanco down again, getting his back, pressing Blanco to the fence while he’s on all-fours. Healy doing a good job controlling and peppering Blanco with punches. Blanco escapes briefly, but Healy takes him back down and in a scramble takes Blanco’s back and locks on a rear naked choke, causing Blanco to tap out. 

Pat Healy def. Maximo Blanco by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:24, R2

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