Marloes: Cyborg more interesting fight than Rousey

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Invicta crowns their first ever featherweight champion this weekend, as former Strikeforce title holder Cris “Cyborg” Santos faces Marloes Coenen in the headline fight for the company’s first pay-per-view effort.

The two fought in 2010, with Cyborg getting a second round stoppage, but Coenen is planning a different ending this time.

“When I was fighting her the first time I wasn’t doing much of a strength and conditioning program,” said Coenen. “Even last year, I was doing it on and off. Now I’ve really done a lot of strength training. I really feel the difference. I recover faster and I’m way more stronger than I used to be.  I think it will be an interesting fight.”

Comparisons with Ronda Rousey are inevitable.

“Quite frankly, if you fight Ronda I know you get a lot of publicity, she’ll talk smack or whatever. But to me, on a sporting level, it’s way more exciting to fight Cyborg.”

“Ronda, if you fight her, it’s really good for your PR, you’ll get more followers on Twitter, but as an athlete it’s way more interesting to fight Cyborg.”

“Ronda’s an amazing grappler and she’s doing great in the media. MMA isn’t only about fighting, unfortunately. It’s about who wants to see your fight and who is willing to buy the pay-per-view and buy a ticket and come over. With a big mouth she has done an amazing job.”

“I don’t want to take anything away from Ronda. She’s beat up everyone that has been a champion of Strikeforce, and she did it in an amazing way. But the thing is, I think she’s too one-dimensional and somebody will pop up and punch her hard in the face and I really want to see what’s happening then.”

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