Sunday, October 10, 2010
Marloes Coenen is the new Strikeforce 135lb Women's Champ
Here's the match video from the women's championship match between Sarah Kaufman and Marloes Coenen at last night's Strikeforce show in San Jose. There was a lot of talk about Marloes weight cut and her strength. But the determining factor in Marloes' win turned out to be her experience. Nothing can replace being in crazy Japanese tournaments where anything can happen. And remember Marloes won one of those tournaments ten years ago. The first two rounds of this match were a wash. Marloes had planned to use some Thai boxing but she admitted afterwards that she was surprised by Sarah's strength. So Sarah was able to keep Marloes in a clinch to minimize what Marloes was trying to do. But Sarah should have tried for more offense. The ref had to break them up four times. But at the end of the second round, Marloes took Sarah down but Sarah reversed it and started pounding. And Marloes attempted an armbar. Marloes went for a takedown in round three and Sarah again reversed it and started to pound Marloes. But I remember thinking to myself that Sarah needed to be very cautious in that position. This is where Marloes' experience won her the match. While she is blocking a lot of Sarah's punches, Sarah gets careless and Marloes gets the arm and it's all over. Marloes sucked her in. It was brilliant. We've seen this before with submission fighters. Many are very effective on their backs. The ref was a little late stopping the match and Sarah got upset. Marloes was not at fault. Congratulations to Marloes Coenen for winning the Strikeforce 135lb Women's Championship. Her next opponent will be Miesha Tate. That should be very interesting. Enjoy the video!