Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos 'Cuddles' with Jan Finney on June 26 in San Jose


Strikeforce Women's Champion Cristiane Santos (9-1) will likely defend her 145-pound title against Jan Finney (8-7) in the Ohio native's promotional debut at "Fedor vs. Werdum" from the HP Pavilion on June 26 in San Jose.

First reported by MMA Rising, was able to confirm the pending match-up earlier today.

"Cyborg" was last seen laughing off an earnest uprising attempt from distressed Dutch damsel Marloes Coenen back in January of this year. The champion's successful defense at "Miami" was her third straight win under the Strikeforce banner and her ninth in a row.

It was also the Brazilian's seventh TKO stoppage. It's no secret that outside of a select few, there may be only a handful of female challengers capable of giving Santos the fits.

Which is why Finney may come as a surprising choice.

"Cuddles" had a rocky start to her mixed martial arts career, dropping six of seven bouts including four straight defeats from 2005-07. Two of her seven career losses have come to Miesha Tate and Erin Toughill.

To her credit, Finney has managed to right the ship and put together a solid four-fight winning streak. She last competed at Freestyle Cage Fighting (FCF) 40, taking a tough split decision from Adrienna Jenkins.

She's on a roll -- but will she roll over for the world's most dangerous woman?

Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum" is exactly what it sounds like -- a Showtime event featuring a main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum. Up-and-coming heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley is also expected to compete on the June 26 card opposite Ron Sparks.

Stay tuned to for more updates on this still-developing fight card.

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