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Strikeforce Live Blog: Cris Cyborg vs. Jan Finney Updates

<! mediaid=3121896 Jeff Chiu, AP: img hspace="4" vspace="4" border="1" align="right" src="" alt="" />SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This is the Strikeforce live blog for Cris Cyborg vs. Jan Finney, the women's bout on tonight's Strikeforce and M-1 Global card at the HP Pavillion.

Cyborg defends her 145-pound championship against Strikeforce newcomer Finney.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Wasting no time, the two unload on each other in the center of the cage with Cyborg getting the better of it. She presses Finney into the fence, then pushes away and staggers her with a right hand behind the ear. Santos drives a knee into Finney's face and Finney goes down. Santos pours on some ground-and-pound, but Finney shows some resilience and gets back to her feet. Another vicious punch combo from Santos puts her back down, and Finney's just trying to hold on and survive. Finney turtles up and Santos hits her at least three times to the back of the head. Winslow pauses the bout and takes a point while Santos bows in apology. After the restart, the beating resumes for Finney. She's dropped again and somehow the fight isn't stopped, allowing her to barely survive the first round. MMA Fighting scores it 9-8 for Santos.

Round 2: Finney tags Santos with a good right hand to start the round, but that only seems to make Cyborg upset. She presses forward with more two-punch combos and Finney is down again. She's just barely defending herself, but she refuses to quit. Santos has her clinched against the fence, maybe taking a breather for a moment. Winslow restarts them and soon after Santos drops Finney again with a brutal knee to the body. A couple more punches is all it takes to convince Winslow to finally step in and be an angel of mercy. Gutsy performance from Finney, but a one-sided beatdown nonetheless, and kind of a tough one to watch near the end.

"Cyborg" Santos def. Jan Finney via TKO (punches) at 2:56 of round 2.



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