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Better Know a Fighter: Marloes Coenen

(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)

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HeavyHandedHawaiian- January 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Coenen vs Kubra: I think all women fighters should come out to Jay-z - 99 Problems.

Coenen vs Kondo II: What's up with them playing the soundtrack to Red Shoe Diaries after Marloes' win?
MarshallStaxx- January 27, 2010 at 2:14 am
As long as she survives Cyborg's initial ferocious onslaught, I think Coenen has a great chance of making an over-zealous Santos tap.
KPT- January 27, 2010 at 1:11 am
Coenen will be owned, sorry for disappointing.
SuckMyShinya- January 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm
I have been a long time reader of CP. I never signed up before cuz I couldnt think of a clever username, or any username for that matter. I still dont think I hit the mark....

Anyways, I finally signed up cuz I am super excited about the prospect of getting PotatoChips on the FightPicker!! Hey Ben(s), I perfer mine with a slight taste of Honey Mustard...

But yeah, Cyborg will smash her AND have a bigger camelfoot at the weigh-ins.
UFC fan- January 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm
seriously, this is all they had to challenge santos? come on, one shot down the pipe and this little girl will fold just like she did against toughill.
Or Santos...who picks her 220 + husband up and slams him...will simply pick this chick up and slam her down and beat her face till a ref can RUN over and save her from anymore abuse.
NateGetsIrate- January 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Not only is Cyborg gonna smash her, but Carano could probably smash her too!
DazedNConfused- January 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm
I dont have much to say... other than I would slam her poonany with the thunder of canada behind me.
Phazon- January 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Oh man, that Takahashi girl (dude?) is one ugly bitch!
ghostboner- January 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm
I don't care what you say CP I'm still picking Coenen.