Nicknames are not uncommon among mixed martial arts athletes. A look at the current roster of Bodog Fighters reveals colorful monikers such as “Red Nosed Pitt Bull”, “Buffalohead”, “The Eraser”, and “The Juggernaut”.
The importance of a good handle has not been lost on female fighters either, with flamboyant Brazilian Carina “Beauty But The Beast” Damm providing a first-rate example.
While most nicknames are designed to intimidate, like Bill “The Butcher” Mahood or Brad “One Punch” Pickett, a nickname like “Cuddles” undoubtedly falls short of such goals. Nevertheless, Ohio’s Jan Finney insists she’s no teddy bear.
“My trainer Mike Patt gave me the nickname ‘Cuddles’ after I accidentally kneed one of my training partners in practice,” explains Finney. “It’s meant to be ironic, like when they call a big guy ‘Tiny’, because afterwards the poor guy needed stitches under his eye! Really, I’m far from cuddly. I’m more like a bull in a china shop.”
Finney looks to put the squeeze on Japan’s Tama Chan on an all new episode of Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat this Tuesday, May 22nd at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television.
The 24-year-old Chan has a pro record of 12-6, while Finney has just three wins in five pro bouts. Both losses, though, were to the indomitable Julie Kedzie, and Finney is desperate to get back into the win column.
“This is a pivotal fight for me,” admits the 26-year-old. “Tama has a lot of experience, and in many ways this is the biggest fight of my career.”
Also featured on this week’s episode, Utah’s Alex Steibling faces Moise Rimbon of France in light heavyweight action. The 30-year-old Steibling is 21-9-1 while Rimbon, 29, is 9-6-2.
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