Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker officially announced Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos’ opponent for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum in June during last night’s Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery post-fight press conference. The Strikeforce 145 pound Women’s Champion will defend her title against Jan Finney at the event.
Cyborg was crowned the first Strikeforce women’s champion in history on August 15, 2009 after she stopped superstar Gina Carano in one of the most highly anticipated matchups of all time with a vicious barrage of punches in the first round of the long-awaited showdown between the top two competitors in the women’s field. She went on to defend her title against Marloes Coenen this past January, finishing the game challenger with a series of punches in the third round. Cyborg has been invincible, winning her last nine bouts.
Finney’s record has not been as impressive. Despite winning four straight fights and five of her last six, she comes into the bout with an 8-7 record. The challenger for the 145 pound belt usually competes at 135 pounds.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum will take place on June 26 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and will air live on Showtime. Fedor Emelianenko faces Fabricio Werdum in the night’s main event.