Maximo-BlancoThe UFC has announced another UFC vs. Strikeforce match-up with week as TUF veteran Sam Sicilia meets Strikeforce import Maximo Blanco on the Ultimate FIghter 17 Finale fight card in April. The featherweight fight is expected to take place on the preliminary portion of the card and was made official on UFC.com.

Sicilia was a contestant on the first FX season of The Ultimate Fighter and whilst he did not win the tournament, he would later make his debut in the TUF finale and defeat Cristiano Marcello via TKO. His momentum would later be halted at UFC 153 when he was knocked out by Rony Jason. Now Sicilia will be looking to get back in the win column and secure his job with the organization on April 13.

Blanco is on a two-fight losing streak dating back to 2010. The Strikeforce veteran lost his official UFC debut last year when he dropped a split decision to Marcus Brimage and will now be desperately searching for his first win in nearly three years.

The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale takes place on April 13th in Las Vegas.

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