Marloes Coenen

Marloes Coenen (born March 31, 1981) is a retired Dutch mixed martial artist. She competed professionally since 2000 and is a former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.

Marloes Coenen
BornMarloes Coenen
(1981-03-31) March 31, 1981 (age 40)
Olst, Netherlands
Other namesFemale Rickson
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach67+12 in (171 cm)
StyleFreestyle Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamGolden Glory
Years active2000-2017
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission17
By decision3
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early lifeEdit

Coenen's brothers and grandfather were both involved in martial arts, with the latter having trained in jiu-jitsu, and this aided Coenen with her own transition into the sport.

She began training with Pierre Drachman and Martijn de Jong at Shooto Holland while only 14, who recalls that, "I really had respect for that, because it didn't matter if it rained or snowed. She still kept on coming." She started martial arts training because she had to bicycle alone through a lonely part of the forest to and from school, and she had heard rumors that there were "dirty men in the forest" who preyed on girls.[1]

Along with her competitive career, Coenen is planning to study Communications Sciences in Amsterdam with a goal of future employment in that sector.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Coenen debuted in mixed martial arts in November 2000 and scored eight consecutive victories, winning the 2000 ReMix World Cup along the way. This was the first female MMA championship making her the first ever female MMA champion.[2]

Prior to a 2004 fight with Erin Toughill, Coenen was alleged to have referred to Toughill as the "personification of arrogance." However, she later confirmed that no such statements were made, and has mostly positive things to say about Toughill.[3]

She later advanced to the finals of the 2007 K-GRACE tournament, but lost to Roxanne Modafferi by split decision.[4]

Coenen signed a contract with Elite XC shortly before the promotion folded in 2008,[5] but did not receive a chance to compete before its closure.


Following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15, 2009, it was announced that Coenen would likely be the first challenger for new Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg.

Coenen, who was in attendance at the post-fight press conference, later addressed the proposed fight with Cyborg and other potential fights under the Strikeforce banner.[3]

However, Cyborg suffered an injury and Coenen was then set to compete in a rematch with Toughill at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers to determine the first title challenger.[6][7]

On October 27, 2009, Toughill withdrew from the fight due to an undisclosed medical condition, but Coenen still competed on the card in a rematch against Roxanne Modafferi.[8][9] She defeated Modafferi by armbar submission in the first round.[10]

Coenen challenged for Cyborg's title at Strikeforce: Miami on January 30, 2010.[11] She lost the fight by TKO in the third round.[12]

Coenen expressed a desire to fight again for Strikeforce on June 26, 2010,[13] but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed that Coenen would not be competing on the card.[14]

Coenen was invited to take part in the August 2010 Strikeforce women's tournament at 135 pounds[15] and verbally agreed to participate.[16] However, on July 10, 2010, it was confirmed that she was no longer scheduled to be part of the tournament.[17]

On July 22, 2010, Strikeforce announced that Coenen would drop down to 135 pounds to face Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship. Coenen was named the number one contender for the title, while the winner of the Strikeforce 135-pound one-night tournament, Miesha Tate, will assume the number two contender spot behind Coenen.[18]

She will continue to compete at 145 pounds as well and Strikeforce had planned to set up a rematch between Coenen and Cindy Dandois sometime in 2010.[19] On August 19, 2010, it was reported that the rematch was off.[20]

Coenen faced Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship on October 9, 2010 in San Jose, California.[21] Coenen won the fight by submission due to an armbar in the third round to become Women's Bantamweight Champion (135 lbs).[22]

She was also scheduled to compete one week later at Ultimate Glory 12 on October 16, 2010 in Amsterdam, Holland against Lena Buytendijk.[23][24] However, it was announced during the event that the fight had been cancelled.[25]

Coenen was scheduled to defend her Strikeforce title against Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson on March 5, 2011. Tate was forced off the card due to injury. Liz Carmouche stepped in on short notice to face Coenen for the title.[26] Coenen defeated Carmouche via triangle choke in the fourth round.[27]

Coenen defended her title against Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30, 2011 and lost via submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the fourth round. This was the first time that Coenen had been submitted in MMA. Prior to the bout, Zuffa management changed the name of Coenen's title from Welterweight to Bantamweight in order to keep all weight classes the same.[28]

On August 3, 2011, Golden Glory announced that Coenen had been released from her contract by Strikeforce.[29]

Invicta FC and DreamEdit

On August 26, 2011, Coenen announced that she had signed a three-fight, non-exclusive deal with North Carolina-based organization BlackEye Promotions for a February 2012 debut.[30] However, Coenen remained under a verbal agreement with the promotion only and did not in fact sign a contract. She instead signed on as the first contracted athlete to Invicta Fighting Championships. Coenen returned to 145 pounds to headline the first all-female Invicta Fighting Championships card against Romy Ruyssen on April 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas.[31] She defeated Ruyssen by unanimous decision.[32]

Coenen faced Fiona Muxlow at Dream 18 on December 31, 2012.[33] She defeated Muxlow by armbar submission in the first round.[34][35]

Coenen faced Cris Cyborg in a rematch for the inaugural Invicta FC Featherweight Championship at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013.[36][37] Cyborg defeated Coenen again via TKO in the fourth round to become the first Invicta FC Featherweight Champion.[38][39]

Bellator MMAEdit

In August 2014, it was announced that Bellator had signed Marloes Coenen.[40]

Coenen made her debut against Annalisa Bucci on October 24, 2014 at Bellator 130.[41] She won the fight via submission in the third round.

She was set to face Julia Budd for the inaugural Bellator Woman's Featherweight Championship at Bellator 155, however Budd pulled out due to injury and was replaced by Alexis Dufresne, making the bout no longer for the title.[42] Coenen lost the bout via submission in the first round.

Coenen was scheduled to face Talita Nogueira at Bellator 163 but the bout was cancelled the day before the event when Talita failed to make weight.[43]

Coenen faced Julia Budd for Bellator's inaugural women's featherweight championship, at Bellator 174 on March 3, 2017. Coenen lost the fight via TKO in the fourth round and subsequently announced her retirement from MMA after the fight.[44]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
31 matches 23 wins 8 losses
By knockout 3 4
By submission 17 2
By decision 3 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–8 Julia Budd TKO (punches) Bellator 174 March 3, 2017 4 2:42 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States For the inaugural Bellator Women's Featherweight Championship.
Loss 23–7 Alexis Dufresne Submission (triangle armbar) Bellator 155 May 20, 2016 1 4:33 Boise, Idaho, United States Catchweight bout (150 lb); Dufresne missed weight.
Win 23–6 Arlene Blencowe Submission (armbar) Bellator 141 August 28, 2015 2 3:23 Temecula, California, United States
Win 22–6 Annalisa Bucci Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 130 October 24, 2014 3 0:57 Mulvane, Kansas, United States
Loss 21–6 Cris Cyborg TKO (punches and elbows) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 4 4:02 Kansas City, Missouri, United States For the inaugural Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.
Win 21–5 Fiona Muxlow Submission (armbar) Dream 18 December 31, 2012 1 3:29 Saitama, Japan
Win 20–5 Romy Ruyssen Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen April 28, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 19–5 Miesha Tate Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 4 3:03 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States Lost the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 19–4 Liz Carmouche Submission (triangle choke) Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson March 5, 2011 4 1:29 Columbus, Ohio, United States Defended the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 18–4 Sarah Kaufman Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: San Jose October 9, 2010 3 1:59 San Jose, California, United States Won the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Loss 17–4 Cris Cyborg TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Miami January 30, 2010 3 3:40 Sunrise, Florida, United States For the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship.
Win 17–3 Roxanne Modafferi Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers November 7, 2009 1 1:05 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States Strikeforce Debut.
Loss 16–3 Cindy Dandois Decision (unanimous) Beast of the East January 24, 2009 3 5:00 Zutphen, Netherlands
Win 16–2 Asci Kubra TKO (punches) KOE: Tough Is Not Enough October 5, 2008 1 1:51 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 15–2 Romy Ruyssen Submission (rear-naked choke) SLV 3: Thaibox Gala Night August 2, 2008 2 4:45 Basel, Switzerland
Win 14–2 Asci Kubra Submission (armbar) Beast of the East May 31, 2008 1 N/A Zutphen, Netherlands
Loss 13–2 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (split) K-Grace 1 May 27, 2007 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–1 Magdalena Jarecka Submission (rear-naked choke) K-Grace 1 May 27, 2007 2 1:35 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–1 Keiko Tamai Submission (rear-naked choke) K-Grace 1 May 27, 2007 1 2:01 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–1 Majanka Lathouwers Submission (armbar) Shooto Holland: Ultimate Glory 2 January 21, 2007 2 3:10 Utrecht, Netherlands
Win 10–1 Yoko Takahashi Submission (armbar) G-Shooto: G-Shooto 04 March 11, 2006 1 0:39 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–1 Yuuki Kondo KO (punch) Smackgirl: Cool Fighter's Last Stand April 30, 2005 2 0:50 Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Loss 8–1 Erin Toughill KO (punch) Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004 December 19, 2004 1 5:00 Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Win 8–0 Yoko Takahashi TKO (punches) Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004 December 19, 2004 1 2:30 Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Win 7–0 Miwako Ishihara Decision (majority) Shooto: Wanna Shooto 2002 April 14, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0 Megumi Yabushita Submission (rear-naked choke) Jd': No Holds Barred January 13, 2002 1 2:27 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0 Yoko Takahashi Submission (armbar) ReMix: Golden Gate 2001 May 3, 2001 1 1:11 Japan
Win 4–0 Megumi Yabushita Decision (unanimous) ReMix: World Cup 2000 December 5, 2000 3 5:00 Nippon Budokan, Japan
Win 3–0 Becky Levi Submission (flying armbar) ReMix: World Cup 2000 December 5, 2000 1 1:25 Nippon Budokan, Japan
Win 2–0 Mika Harigai Submission (rear-naked choke) ReMix: World Cup 2000 December 5, 2000 1 0:31 Nippon Budokan, Japan
Win 1–0 Yuuki Kondo Submission (armbar) LLPW – L-1 2000: The Strongest Lady November 22, 2000 1 2:37 Tokyo, Japan


  • Grappling
    • Dutch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
    • 2000 ReMix World Cup Champion
    • 2007 ADCC Bronze - Women's Under 67 kg

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Marloes Coenen answers fan's submitted questions". Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  2. ^ "Historical Timeline for Female MMA".
  3. ^ a b "Video Interview With Marloes Coenen". Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  4. ^ "Modafferi Wins Big in K-Grace". 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  5. ^ "EliteXC Signs Three Female Talents". Retrieved 2008-09-13.
  6. ^ "Toughill vs Coenen For Strikeforce On CBS". Archived from the original on 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  7. ^ "Coenen vs Toughill 2 Set For November 7th". Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  8. ^ "Erin Toughill Out Of Fight With Marloes Coenen". Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  9. ^ "Modafferi To Rematch Coenen In Strikeforce". Retrieved 2009-10-29.
  10. ^ "'Fedor vs. Rogers' Results and Live Play-by-Play". 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  11. ^ "Cyborg vs Coenen Likely To Headline In January". 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  12. ^ "'Cyborg' Santos dominates Coenen to keep belt". YAHOO! Sports. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  13. ^ "Five Questions with Marloes "Rumina" Coenen". Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  14. ^ "Scott Coker: Women's Title Fights, Tournament". Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  15. ^ "Coenen Likely For Strikeforce Women's Tournament". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  16. ^ "Strikeforce Women's Tournament Participants". Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  17. ^ "Lineup Set For Strikeforce Women's Tournament". Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  18. ^ "Strikeforce 135-pound tourney official; Marloes Coenen named No. 1 contender". Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  19. ^ "Update: Coenen To Compete At Both 135 & 145". Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  20. ^ "Dandois Rematch Off, Coenen Fights October 16th". Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  21. ^ "Kaufman vs. Coenen, Lindland vs. Rockhold set for Oct. 9 Strikeforce; Diaz also likely". Archived from the original on 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  22. ^ "Strikeforce Live Blog: Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen Updates". 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  23. ^ "Golden Glory: Marloes Coenen Will Fight At Glory 12". Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  24. ^ "Marloes Coenen vs Lena Buytendijk Set For Glory 12". Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  25. ^ "Marloes Coenen vs Lena Buytendijk Off Glory 12". Retrieved 2010-10-16.
  26. ^ "Tate Injured; Coenen Defends Against Carmouche". Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  27. ^ "Champ Comes Back: Marloes Coenen Submits Liz Carmouche". 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  28. ^ "Miesha Tate Wins Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Title". 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  29. ^ "Marloes Coenen and Valentijn Overeem cut from Stikeforce, Jon Olav Einemo released from UFC". 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  30. ^ "Marloes Coenen Signs Deal With BlackEye Promotions". 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  31. ^ "All-Female Invicta Fighting Championships Debuts On April 28". 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  32. ^ "Invicta FC 1 Results: Marloes Coenen, Jessica Penne Victorious". 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  33. ^ "Marloes Coenen To Face Fiona Muxlow At DREAM.18 In Japan". 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  34. ^ "Marloes Coenen Secures Quick Submission Victory At DREAM.18". 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  35. ^ "Kawajiri Crushes Omigawa, Aoki Pounds Out McKee at Dream 18 NYE Special". 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  36. ^ "Marloes Coenen vs. Cristiane 'Cyborg' title rematch will headline Invicta FC 6". 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  37. ^ "Carla Esparza to Defend Belt at Invicta FC 6 in July; Bec Hyatt Also Returns". 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  38. ^ "Invicta FC 6 Results: Cris Cyborg Wins Featherweight Title". 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  39. ^ "Invicta FC 6 results: Cris 'Cyborg' claims featherweight belt with TKO win". 2013-07-13. Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  40. ^ Dave Meltzer (August 14, 2014). "Bellator signs Marloes Coenen, Julia Budd to open women's 145-pound division". Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  41. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (September 30, 2014). "Emanuel Newton headlines Bellator 130 in title tilt with Linton Vassell". Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  42. ^ "Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd fight for featherweight title at Bellator 155". Staff. April 1, 2016.
  43. ^ Ariel Helwani (2016-11-04). "Paul Daley pulled from tonight's Bellator 163 card after difficult weight cut". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  44. ^ Staff (March 3, 2017). "Bellator 174 results: Julia Budd wins featherweight title vs. Marloes Coenen, who retires".

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Preceded by
Sarah Kaufman
2nd Women's Welterweight Champion
October 9, 2010 - July 30, 2011
Succeeded by
Miesha Tate