Marloes Coenen: I would love to return to Strikeforce

by Ray Hui | source:

Former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen holds no ill will towards Zuffa for releasing her following her title loss to Miesha Tate, stating Tuesday she would love to fight again under the Strikeforce banner.

"I've been in this game since I was a teenager," Coenen said on The MMA Hour. "So I know how it works and it's business. It really is a business and when we renegotiate, things can go hard."

"I think Dana was misinformed because he wasn't running the day-to-day activities and I think somebody told him wrong," Coenen said. "He's the spokesperson of the UFC and I think that's what happened."

Coenen, who considers both the Golden Glory management and stable as family, had no issue with showing her check to the public and possibly ruffling a few feathers with Zuffa.

"It's my family and if you diss my family, then I will stand up [for them]," she said with a chuckle.

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soldierdad5417 site profile image  

8/22/11 11:57 AM by soldierdad5417

 Did she pawn it or wanna sell it?

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8/22/11 3:25 AM by Jampage Rackson

With all due respect to the truth of the situation (whatever that may be), I think she should be given another chance, for the sake of the shallow talent pool that is the 135 lbs division (assuming we're going to continue with the 21st Century and have women in Strikeforce). Coenen is one of the more talented women in that entire division.

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8/22/11 3:21 AM by KeithStone

This thread deserves a TTY. Cindy O pawns > UG

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8/17/11 4:59 PM by CindyO

 Reed's side of the story: Strikeforce executive, Reed Harris, the man formerly in charge of the WEC, has this week refuted claims that former 135 pound women’s champion, Marloes Coenen was mistreated during fight week as she prepared to defend her title in Chicago, Illinois, adding if anyone was unprofessional it was the Dutch female. Speaking via Harris said: “When I read [what Coenen told], I thought, ‘Wow, there’s some motive behind this because to take that situation and turn it around is just not right.’ I read what Marloes said. I don’t know where they’re trying to go with this, but what she said is not what happened. We told everyone to be down there at 9:30. We don’t ever tell fighters to be there at 9:30 so we can leave at 10 because otherwise they’re all going to show up at 10. What we tell them is that if we tell you at 9:30, Burt (Watson) tells them 9:31 is late.” “We were down there, and the problem we had is that we had a bunch of people. We had Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler and Miesha Tate and Fedor (Emelianenko) and all these people, and we were driving about 40 minutes into the city. We had rented out Harry Caray’s famous restaurant – which was not cheap, by the way – to do the press conference. We had a huge crowd, and it went really well. “At 9:30, she didn’t show up. At 9:35, she didn’t show up. Her crew told me she would be down in five minutes. At 9:40, she didn’t show up, and they told me it would be another five minutes. I went through that about three times. I walked back to the Suburban, and Fedor’s people are like, ‘Why are we sitting here? We were told we were leaving at 9:30.’ I’ve got six guys packed into a Suburban, so we left.” “It surprises me that she would look at it that way. If that were me, I would think, ‘Wow, I was late, and I was wrong to do that. That’s my bad.’ But apparently, she thinks it’s our fault that we left her. Well, you need to be there on time. We had a schedule. We had people waiting for us at the restaurant to get this press conference going. I waited for 25 minutes for her.” >>> fightharder, I actually like Coenen and will watch her wherever she ends up but she completely mishandled this situation. I think it will be difficult for her to get another chance (not saying that she can't) because she has shown she will run to the media when she has a point to make instead of getting her hush on and allowing her management to do their jobs. You see how well that worked for Tito, don't you? Cindy

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8/17/11 4:17 PM by CindyO

 *hug* Cindy

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8/17/11 1:49 PM by Humphrey

you're mistaken if you think the UFC needs her for WMMA it would be nice, she's a good fighter, but nobody even knows who she is, let alone has any sort of recognition outside of WMMA fans which are a tiny sector of the market.the bottom line is (and it's sad) if anyone wants WMMA to succesd, they will have no choice but to play the sex card. period. Fans will follow hot women, and non fans would be interested in seeing attractive chicks fight. but you're kidding yourself i you think it'll work solely on the basis of talent

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8/17/11 12:31 PM by fightharder

 Dude, How dude you know she lied her ass off and Harris did not. Please tell me if you where there or why you are trusting his judgement above Coennen if you really do not know either of time. I think both there  reasons sound plausible. I do not think it is impossible for Reed Harris to have forgotten Coennen because,lets face it,the really value male fighters (especially Fedor and Co) far above the female fighters. I also think it is plausible he left her on purpose,either because the UFC management wanted to send a clear signal to the GG fighter and/or the really did not want to much attention going to female MMA. I have great respect for Zuffa but lets face it,they have shown there capable of it in the past. And towing the company line in a submission fashion (Tito  interview at MMAinside comes to mind) is not something that is a pretty sight. I also do think that Coennen might have been late,either on purpose (because instructed so by her management) or by mistake. I also believe she might have made of an excuse to as to deny any wrongdoing. But still Coennen always seems very mature and stable so i have my doubts about it. All in all it is important that Zuffa and Coennen resolve things,if they are going to continue with female MMA. I know Miesha might be a more attractive posterchild for commercial reasons (apart from a good fighter she is just hot) but you cannot really take yourself serious when promoting female fighting if you do not have both Coenen en Cyborg in your stable.

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8/17/11 12:16 PM by Archangel

*rolls eyes*

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8/17/11 11:36 AM by KeithStone

Wow, the claws came out in this thread. Rawr!