Jesse Finney has been a huge part of the Strikeforce card in St. Louis from the beginning. He owns Finney's MMA, a local gym, and also promotes locally. He helped Strikeforce put together the undercard, and fought on it himself against Jesse Bumgarner.
Finney lived up to his own hype, owning Bumgarner in their brief bout. Finney had strong standup early, then took Bumgarner down. He finished with a keylock submission at 1:55 in the first. Finney thanked the crowd afterwards, predicting that future events in St. Louis would be a success due to the large, raucous crowd.