(Coenen vs. Yoko Takahashi I, 5/3/01)
After looking at the incredibly uneven betting odds on the "Cyborg" Santos-Marloes Coenen Strikeforce women’s lightweight title bout, we couldn’t help but wonder whether Coenen is walking into certain doom on Saturday night. Since she’s fought mostly in Europe and Japan, we haven’t gotten the chance to see many of her fights until now (except this one), but come on, she can’t be that outmatched against "Cyborg," can she?
In the interest of at least attempting to know what we’re talking about, we did a little research on Coenen. What we learned is that her stand-up is decent, though not without some defensive holes, and she really knows her way around an armbar. Seriously. The fight you see above was Coenen’s fifth professional bout, and one of three meetings with Takahashi. She won them all in the first round (two by armbar, one by TKO) and the fights only got more lopsided as Coenen improved over the years.
What’s interesting is that Santos also fought Takahashi at EliteXC: Heat in 2008, where "Cyborg" won a decision. So that’s got to be an encouraging sign, right? Coenen totally owned a fighter who took Santos the distance. Right? Guys?
More of Coenen’s fights are after the jump, including her second meeting with Takahashi, her loss to Erin Toughill, and a video of what appears to be Coenen abusing some poor girl from the local middle school. Seems more and more like either Coenen gets Santos to the mat early and submits her, or else she gets her lovely facial features rearranged.
(Coenen vs. Takahashi II, 12/19/04)
(Coenen vs. Asci Kubra, 10/5/08)
(Coenen vs. Toughill, 12/19/04, later the same night after defeating Takahashi for the second time.)
(Coenen vs. Yuuki Kondo II, 4/30/05)