(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)