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Must-See Video: ‘Road to Coenen vs. Cyborg’ Traces the History, Rivalry of Two WMMA Legends


Rose Namajunas isn’t the only reason to stay home and watch Invicta FC 6 on Saturday night. The 13-fight card features a generous lineup of entertaining scrappers, and will be headlined by the biggest women’s MMA matchup you’ll find outside of the UFC — Cris Cyborg vs. Marloes Coenen, throwing down for Invicta’s inaugural featherweight title.

The ladies have some history, to put it mildly. In January 2010, Cyborg and Coenen faced off for the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title, with Cyborg winning by third-round TKO. Despite getting bombed out for the majority of the fight, Coenen maintains that the match was stopped early; Cyborg credits the Dutchwoman’s “balls” for wanting a rematch, considering all the abuse she took. And of course, both fighters carry the weight of their pasts into the cage, from Coenen’s status as a living legend, to Cyborg’s rise (and temporary fall) as one of the best-known stars in WMMA.

If you need further convincing that this match is worth your time, check out this new “Road to Coenen vs. Cyborg” preview video from Invicta FC, directed and edited by E. Casey Leydon — who you may know as the genius auteur behind that War MMA behind-the-scenes video — and co-produced by AllElbows*, which manages to cram all these themes (along with some very badass training footage) into a highly watchable 13 minutes. Special appearance by Ben Fowlkes!

* AE photographer Esther Lin also gets a music credit at the end. Goodness, this lady can do it all.

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Fried Taco- July 10, 2013 at 8:32 am
Dad? Is that you?
sp00ki kabuki- July 10, 2013 at 8:17 am
it does cover her steroid use. but hse looks bigger. like tyson after prison. probly gonna win by murder. im rooting for coenen
nick diaz and the dub sack- July 10, 2013 at 7:35 am
Can't watch the vid(I'm at work) but can someone tell me if it covers the part where Cyborg was exposed as a steroid user? That was such a shocker. Who could have seen that coming? That was almost as surprising as finding out that Nick Diaz smoked weed
dranokills- July 10, 2013 at 7:34 am
I love me some Cyborg.
Always will.
Onan- July 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm
I hate to be the me too guy but, me too!