Noons vs. Bennett II, Cyborg vs. Finney Official for Strikeforce in June

Strikeforce has officially added two more fights to their June 26 event in San Jose, Calif., headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum.

In lightweight action, KJ Noons and Charles "Kid Khaos" Bennett (formerly known as "Krazy Horse") will square off in a rematch of their February 2007 fight, which was the first bout on the first-ever EliteXC event on Showtime. Bennett knocked out Noons that night in Mississippi at the 3:43 mark of the first round.

The organization also confirmed Cris Cyborg's 145-pound title defense against Jan Finney.

The fight will mark Finney's (8-7) first for the organization. She's won four in a row since losing to Erin Toughill via unanimous decision in November 2008. Coincidentally, most expected Toughill to be next in line for Cyborg, but CEO Scott Coker told MMA Fighting last week that Toughill wasn't ready to fight Cyborg just yet.

"Erin Toughill wanted to take some time off and come in late July/August," Coker said. "And we told her, that's fine. We'll see Erin Toughill, probably, in Strikeforce in July or August, and then we'll offer her to Cyborg, if Cyborg beats Jan Finney"

Cyborg (9-1) won the 145-pound title when she defeated Gina Carano last August. She successfully defended the belt in January, defeating Marloes Coenen via TKO.

Noons (8-2) left MMA for almost two years to continue his boxing career, but returned at DREAM.13 in March. He defeated Andre "Dida" Amade via unanimous decision.

Bennett (22-16-2), one of the most controversial fighters in MMA, was scheduled to fight on last week's ill-fated Shine Fights card in North Carolina. He last fought on Showtime in August 2007, losing via submission (strikes) to Victor Valenzuela.

No other fights have been made official for the card, but Coker did mention last week that former lightweight champion Josh Thomson is also expected to make his return to action against a yet-to-be announced opponent.

Below is a look at Noons-Bennett I.

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