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Famous Last Words: Jan Finney Edition

(Just another day at the office for Jan Finney. The terrifying, potentially life-threatening office. PicProps: Strikeforce)

When staring down the barrel of your own imminent demise, there are a couple of different ways you can play it. You can dig your heels in and fight every step of the way as the guards physically drag you out of your cell and down the hall to the execution chamber, or you can handle things a little more like Gary Gilmore: Grinning into the scowling faces of the poor bastards on the firing squad and shouting, “Let’s do it!”

Jan Finney, to her credit, seems to be opting for the latter approach.

Finney doesn’t appear the least bit bothered by the fact she’s jumping up in weight to take on the most dominant female fighter on the planet, that the oddsmakers see her as a near-historic underdog or that Strikeforce says she’ll likely be fired if she doesn’t have a “good showing” against Cris “Cyborg” Santos tonight. In fact, Finney – whose nickname, by comparison, is “Cuddles” – thinks it’s hilarious.

"I think it’s funny," Finney told MMA Fighting this week on the topic of being an 11-1 dog to the 145-pound champion. "I use that stuff as motivation. If anything, I think it can kind of play games with Cris’ head. She might take me too lightly."

What exactly is “too lightly” we wonder, when facing a fighter whose record just crested the .500 mark on her last victory, a split decision over Adrienna Jenkins at an event called Freestyle Cage Fighting 40 held at FireLake Casino in Shawnee, Okla? What’s “too lightly” for a champion about to take on an opponent who Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker admits his matchmakers found by watching YouTube? A fighter who’s not even ranked in the Top 10 in her own weight class (135-pounds) let alone the heavier weight that Cyborg has ruled with a heretofore unequaled ferocity.

Too lightly? I’d say as long as Cyborg doesn’t spend the seven or eight hours leading up to the fight doing shooters of Cazadores at the bar across the street from the HP Pavillion, she’s probably not taking Finney too lightly.

And wait, head games? Hey Jan, are you sure we’re talking about the same Cris Santos here?

"She’s just a person, you know?” Finney continued. “People forget, this is a sport, but we’re also entertainers. I think she’s using a persona. Especially with her opponents, she likes to adopt that and kind of try to get in their heads. I think it’s actually kind of funny."

Yeah, no, we’re definitely talking about two different people. The Cris Santos we mean has never shown any evidence of being “just a person.” Hence, you know, the nickname? From bell to bell, the Cris Cyborg we know has proven to be a remorseless killing machine who has deposited a trail of broken, formerly attractive bodies in her wake. To us, there’s nothing even remotely funny about Cyborg. Finney, however, doesn’t see what the big deal is. She’s not even worried about it.

"I think the biggest problem with nerves for me is when I have to talk," she said. "Interviews, stuff like this. I’m deathly afraid of when I have to talk in front of a bunch of people, but I guess it gets easier the more you do it. I feel like once I step into the cage, that nervousness kind of goes away. I’m usually scared of tripping or falling on my way to the cage, but in the fight I think I’ll be fine."

I actually agree with the first part of this statement, talking does seem to be a problem for Jan Finney. In fact, her rhetorical strategy is so flawed here that I don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or whether I just have to respect it. On the bright side, if things go the way we all expect them to go tonight, talking might not be such a problem for her, like, ever again.

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mirror- June 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm
If that ref had any decency she would have stopped the fight when cuddles took that knee to the face or even after her forhead looked like the mountains of the himilayas. Point is it went on way too long for her own safety, take a few blows like that and see if your thinking straight. I admire her heart for staying in the fight but the ref should have had the common sense to end it when it was sooo obviously over. Bravery is one thing but someone has to be the mediator for common sense
dranokills- June 27, 2010 at 8:44 am
cuddles wherever you are today I wish you good healing , you proved to be a tough tough lady. You gave cyborg a fight to remember, and you tore her face up as well.
I never thought you would win, but I never thought you would be so tough. props to you lady, you just made a name for yourself even in defeat.

ps. when you heal could you go over to balllickers house and teach him how to be a stronger woman as well, he needs it, hes weak. ;)
bierergoggles- June 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm
When I first saw this I thought it was a banner for a new movie staring Kate Bosworth and Edward James Olmose.
DazedNConfused- June 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm
@ Steampunk

Ha! very true. One of the only people out there who would probably both fight her in the ring and agree to fuck her on camera the next day.
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm
You can change Finney's nickname to "puddles" after this fight for all the blood she'll be shedding. Cyborg wins by flying knee @ 12 seconds.

I try to stop hating Strikeforce, they put on decent fights occasionally, but this match is a shining example of the stupid bullshit they do that pisses me off. Can't they just try to be professional and make an iota of sense for five seconds? Is there any consistent qualification for what makes a title contender? It's painful watching them blunder about like a cat with no whiskers.
dranokills- June 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm
I got cyborg by a 100 pounds, and at least 6 inches....and I still would hate to stare into those eyes. I wouldn't fuck with her at all.
I would think her hubby doesn't even give her any mouth.
like her, hate her, it don't matter, I wouldn't step in a ring with her.
fatbellyfrank- June 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm
@ Anderson Wand, count me in, I'd do her in heart beat, Finney that is, and this could well be the first athletic commission sanctioned homicide I've ever seen on PPV.
Unless Finney has some sort of secret weapon no-one has ever seen before this is an even bigger mismatch than Tyson- McNeeley
twincest- June 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm
i can't believe this even got sanctioned. it's like sending Danny Abbadi in to face Anderson Silva.
steampunk22- June 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Ballkick- June 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm
There is one female fighter at 145 that might be able to give Cyborg a run for her money, shitty thing is she only fights Muay Thai. Germaine de Randamie she is out of the Netherlands and has dominated that weight division for years.
See her fight here :

Jan Finney is either very courageous,......or very naive about her upcoming fight ....I choose the latter. She will last about as long as a Double cheeseburger at a fat kids camp.
PurplePickle- June 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm
I love how seriously state sanctioning bodies take women's MMA. This fight is like the UFC pulling a welterweight off of TUF to fight Anderson Silva. The NSAC would shit on that in a heartbeat.

Sylvia vs Simms couldn't get sanctioned in Ohio, but Cali will let Cyborg murder any female willing to wear a sports bra and cornrows. How is this fight remotely competitive?
DazedNConfused- June 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm
I'm also down with the Guys vs. Girls MMA bouts as well. Giving the girls a 10-15pound advantage evens it out in my opinion. I mean look at Cyborg, she'd give most 135lb guys a hard fight. But I can't see any athletic division being down with that. I also don't know what kind of guy would agree to fight a girl. He wins and beats the shit out of her and everyones disgusted, or you lose and your just a stepping stone for some post-op super tranny.
DazedNConfused- June 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm
I totally disagree with everything you said CCman, plus your 2 guys joke is so overplayed and has been used in a much funnier way before.

Womans mma has a lot of potential and I find it very exciting. Granted it'll get better when the talent pool gets larger, but I believe that it will. Imagine 2 Cyborgs fighting eachother? I'm very down with watching that instead of 2 mediocre Male mma fighters getting on the Main Card.

Cyborgs awesome, and sure she might ducktape her penis down in her gooch when she fights, but I dont care. Keep her fights going, and hopefully we'll find her a worthy opponent soon. Until then, we can all bet beers on how many seconds Finney is going to last. I have 45seconds.
ccman- June 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm
honestly unless they are hot and they allowed hair pulling not much in womans MMA is entertaining to me. tonights is even less since their is a chance she will kiss her gimp, errr husband afterwards and subject all of us to another gay moment.

i mean 2 chicks kissing great but two guys?? I might be eating ffs.

Plus they keep trying to turn her into a Fedor-ish type, she was giggling like a school boy after the Hubbies fight.
2DaDeath- June 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Speaking of great fighters that are butt ugly, did anyone else see the gals guide to mma article about Fedor. They gave him a 2 out of 10 on the panty-dropper meter, lol!
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- June 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm
i'm probably the only one that would do her, finney of course
Almost North- June 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Cyborg is fast approaching Ditka territory. As in: Cyborg vs....Finney, Carrano, and Faber at once......eeeehhhh..Cyborg!
darrenm- June 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm
There seems to be more talent in the women's division (at least greater numbers) in the 125 and 135's rather than the 145 lb division.

On top of that I wonder how many women are thinking twice before getting in the cage with Chris? They've seen how the fights have gone down the last few times. Maybe Strikeforce had a hard time finding someone who would step up and Finney offered to put on a bit of weight and fight?

Either way, you're right, it doesn't make for a competitive matchup. But until more women get into MMA I'd expect Chris will be quite dominant.

Remember how long it took before they let her fight Carano? And I don't even know if she's gone back to training since her loss to Cyborg nearly a year ago...
2DaDeath- June 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm
If i fought Cyborg (that's if I fought and I was a 145'er; which I'm neither), I would be fighting like my life depended on it. No way i'd want to be the first guy to lose to a chick, regardless of the size of her anaconda.
Sabado Gigante- June 26, 2010 at 11:54 am
If cyborg were to fight an MMA fight against a male fighter, and the male fighter loses badly, there is no shame in that...
steampunk22- June 26, 2010 at 11:42 am
^^You're talking about the anaconda in her pants aren't you...
Joe Bananas- June 26, 2010 at 11:25 am
The tattoo on her back isn't really a tattoo. Its a real fucking dragon that she killed and skinned when she was fishing in the Amazon. Normal people use worms to fish, cyborg uses anacondas.
2DaDeath- June 26, 2010 at 11:25 am
They really should allow someone like Cyborg to be the first female to compete against a male. This isn't like Sugar Free bragging about making Wanderlei step it up in training. Cybrog could seriously kick a dude's ass.

If Strikeforce was smart, they'd find an athletic commission that would allow her to fight some middle of the pack 145'er, because that would be epic.
bierergoggles- June 26, 2010 at 11:15 am
"She's just a person, you know?” - Sure... she is just another person... who happens to have two penises.
steampunk22- June 26, 2010 at 11:14 am
You know, if they instituted some sort of weight cap or something on the guys, I'd be interested in seeing some cross gender action. I mean, its sort of a sketchy territory.

But Faber is hardly a man and Santos is barely a woman. If you allowed a 10lb differential with Faber at 135 and Santos at 145 that seems pretty fair. Just to account for greater testerone (in THEORY) levels and muscle mass, etc.