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Meet Jan Finney, Cris Cyborg’s Next Victim


(Remember this face — because it might not look the same after next month. Props: MMABigShow.com)

As we mentioned this weekend, Cris Cyborg will be returning to the cage next month against Jan "Cuddles" Finney. You may be asking yourself, "Why is Strikeforce making their 145-pound women’s champ fight some broad named Cuddles who I’ve never heard of?" Fair enough. So let’s run through the checklist…

Is she a natural 145-pounder? Of course not. Finney has competed around 135 pounds for most of her career, which would make her a more logical opponent for Strikeforce’s 135-pound champ Sarah Kaufman, who could also use a fight.

Does she have a winning record? Just barely! Finney’s record stands at a shaky 8-7, though she has won her last four fights.

Has she faced top competition? Definitely. She’s gone toe-to-toe with Miesha Tate, Erin Toughill, Shayna Baszler, and Julie Kedzie (three times), and has lost to all of them. She was scheduled to face Gina Carano at Dynamite!! USA in June 2007, but Carano had to withdraw from the fight due to illness.

So wait, why is this fight happening? [shrugs]

Videos of Finney in action are after the jump…



(Finney vs. Keiko Tamai, 2/16/07)


(Finney vs. Erin Toughill, 11/20/08)

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OneMorePunchFujita- May 19, 2010 at 1:26 am
She looks like Rory Markham.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Ah, Strikefarce, you never fail to disappoint. There are certain things in life that are very difficult to transcend, and apparently abject incompetence is one of them. As long as she has a ring-tailed lemur and plenty of pyrotechnics going off for her walkout, I'll be yelling at my TV screen like a drunken red-neck, anyways.

@ eyehurtmama

Gina Carano and naked triangle chokes go together like whip cream and hot fudge sundaes.
Almost North- May 18, 2010 at 9:29 am
@rlh61 Funny stuff. I was working on that same theory until Wandy got his nose fixed.
rlh61- May 18, 2010 at 9:27 am
@ReX...she's not the Wandy of WMMA...she may actually be Wandy. Ever seen the two of them at the same place/same time??

HotPotato- May 18, 2010 at 8:44 am
Nicholas Cage says: You're gonna be fine, baby doll!

HotPotato says: You're fucking screwed, bitch.
El Famous Burrito- May 18, 2010 at 8:30 am
heh heh

gutterballs.
flash237- May 18, 2010 at 8:28 am
She is gona get crushed obviously.

The only person to challenge Cyborg was Marloes Coenen...the only problem she had is that she looked like a girl fighting a man. She hit Cyborg with a lot of punches but they seemed ineffective cuz it looked like a girl was punching a guy. Cyborg is a rare type of girl that I think has genetics of a male. thats her biggest advantage over all the females in the division.

and i want Marloes Coenen to fight Sarah Kaufman...that would be a great fight
Almost North- May 18, 2010 at 8:23 am
Well me and the lady friend will watch this one. Probably get a total viewership of 74, but whatever. I bet its better than any of the fights on Strikeforce Nashville.
ReX13- May 18, 2010 at 8:23 am
El Famous>> whatever, dude. you'd totally put it in her gutter.
justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 7:56 am
If it wasn't for the gutter brah...I wouldn't have any interests at all.
El Famous Burrito- May 18, 2010 at 7:54 am
I think you are "that guy", ReX13, because I just can't even get it up for this one.

My interest, that is. Get your mind out of the gutter.
El Famous Burrito- May 18, 2010 at 7:52 am
Cyborg mauls a much smaller lady, fighting out of her weight class.

Yay?

Boo?

Who gives a shit?
eyeheartmma- May 18, 2010 at 7:35 am
I had a dream once...
That every night I would lay my head on Gina Carranos silky smooth lady stuff, and she would very slowly and gently put me to sleep squeezing my head against her with a leg triangle.....
ghostboner- May 18, 2010 at 7:25 am
You're not fooling me Russell. This is another one of your delightful photoshops. That head looks a little too manly for that body. Or maybe a tranny?

In all fairness... I'd hit it.
ccman- May 18, 2010 at 7:12 am
@ harry. Cuz she was obligated to pee for overeem and santos, date a diaz, and fight lashley.
Harry Nips- May 18, 2010 at 7:06 am
@Rex-"Anyone know why Toughill isn't on this one? Are they saving her for later?"

I know she's been unhappy with Strikeforce about not fighting enough and about a month or 2 ago she was on Facebook saying that she would never fight for Strikeforce again. Not sure what came of this?
nicey- May 18, 2010 at 7:04 am
oh snap i just noticed an ad up top for overeem vs rogers this saturday...a rematch already!
justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 7:04 am
Sorry Jim..that was kinda rude and thoughtless of me.....I meant thattabitches.
jimbonics- May 18, 2010 at 6:59 am
thattagirls

lmao.
justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 6:58 am
I can respect a good scrap...male or female. Unfortunately I'm still a caveman...and before the fight actually happens...I make an incredibley sexist decision on whether the females in question are bangable...or missing a chromosome. For example...Gina Carano...I would drink her bathwater. Cyborg...less estrogen then Overeem on cycle. Miesha Tate...why not? One of those nondescript Japanese can girl fighters....when did my 12 year old brother start fighting mma? Once the girls start fighting...I will actually start analyzing technique and gameness....and award kudos and thattagirls. Or wish they had just had another male undercard fight shown...depending on the action.
jimbonics- May 18, 2010 at 6:58 am
In all fairness, ReX is just sucking up to his wife.
nicey- May 18, 2010 at 6:56 am
My c0ck just tried to run away, and is now resting in my lower intestine. Thanks "Cuddles", now I have to pee out my ass.
Sabado Gigante- May 18, 2010 at 6:51 am
In all fairness... This isn't fair
ReX13- May 18, 2010 at 6:48 am
ok, so i guess i'm *that guy* that is still interested in women's mma. And i try to know at least some of the fighters. While i've heard of all of her opponents mentioned, i don't think i've ever read much of anything about Finney. a 135 in against the wanderlei silva of wmma, huh? oh boy...

Anyone know why Toughill isn't on this one? Are they saving her for later?

StrikeForce is making it very tough for me to defend them. Again.
justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 6:39 am
In all fairness....it seems no one gives a fuck about this article.
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