Marloes Coenen Says Fight with Cyborg is Way More Interesting than Bout with Rousey

July 11, 2013 1:48 pm by Jake Chastain


| This Saturday two of the world’s best female MMA competitors will go to war for the inaugural Invicta FC featherweight tile as Marloes Coenen takes on Cris “Cyborg” Santos. The fight card is filled with intriguing fights from top to bottom but the main event title fight is one of the most highly anticipated rematches in WMMA history.

Coenen, who is one of the few well-known veterans of the sport, lost the first bout to Santos back in 2010 but believes Saturday night (July 13th) will bring another outcome. In a recent interview with Damon Martin of Bleacher Report Marloes explained how she expects to make this a better showing.

“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.”

Coenen understands the levity and weight that this fight holds for her career and knows that Cyborg is likely one of the most dangerous women in the sport.  She even stated that she prefers this fight with Cyborg over a bout with the most popular woman in MMA right now, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. 

“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.”

Coenen will be looking to play spoiler to Cyborg’s run at the Invicta title but she’ll definitely have her hands full with the strong, dangerous Brazilian. So what do you think , Fight Fans? Is a fight with Cyborg more intriguing than a possible bout with Rousey? Lets hear what the fans have to say about Coenen’s comments and don’t miss her battle with Cyborg this Saturday, July 13th, at Invicta 6 in Kansas City. The event will also be the first Invicta card to air on PPV.

Jake Chastain


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