EXCLUSIVE (Part 1) Marloes Coenen talks about her upcoming Invicta FC title fight with Cris Cyborg | Late Night Cageside
One of the top female fighters in the world Marloes Coenen (21-5 MMA) took time out to call in and talk to Late Night Cageside powered by bjpenn.com this past Monday night and had plenty to say. She’s been fighting professionally for 13 years and is the former Strikeforce bantamweight champion. Marloes defeated Sarah Kaufman to win the Strikeforce Women’s bantamweight title, defended it against Liz Carmouche and then lost the title to Miesha Tate.
Coenen and Cris Cyborg fought in 2010 where Cyborg won via TKO Punches in the third round. Coenen believed the fight was stopped early and that she could’ve continued.
“Well you know, the first time my face was like jello after the fight, but I didn’t want to give up. We had a male referee and every fight after that my trainer would tell the ref up front don’t stop the fight to early cause Marloes can take a punch and she will not give up. I thought it was stopped to soon. Maybe it was because men has to get use to seeing women punch each other. Men want to protect women, I think that was part of it.” Said Coenen
Coenen has a rematch with Cyborg at Invicta FC 6 for the inaugural featherweight title and told us why she thinks this time it will be different.
“In the first round of our last fight she was breathing really heavy, I still can remember that, thinking to myself ok this is just the first round and she is already breathing like that. The second thing is you know the news where she got caught with whatever she used. She looks more feminine now, I also think her strength is less and last time she really out powered me, so I think this time it will be a very interesting fight.” Said Coenen.
Marloes does believe she can beat Cyborg, and we know belief is a powerful thing in MMA. Coenen said, “I have a lot of belief in this fight, I have always said since the last time we fought that I wanted to fight her again.”
As far as if Coenen is worried about if Cyborg is using performance enhancing drugs for this fight she said, “No, I already thought she was on something when I was fighting her for the first time. But then I was like Ah, whatever, I don’t care you know. But when I was actually in the cage I felt her power and was like Oh my god I never been hit this hard in my whole life. This time I don’t think she’s on the stuff anymore.”