Monday, January 31, 2011

Marloes Coenen to defend Strikeforce 135lb title vs Miesha Tate Mar. 5

Miesha Tate
Though I've known about this for the last month, it can finally be confirmed that Marloes Coenen will defend her Strikeforce 135lb Title against Miesha Tate. Scott Coker told Josh Gross of ESPN about the match at a press conference last Wednesday. The match will be March 5 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. If you watched Saturday's Strikeforce show, they didn't say anything about it. I know they're obsessed with the heavyweight tournament but this is for a title. Couldn't they show some respect for the fighters? Miesha was there. They could have done an interview with her. Boneheads! It should be an interesting match. Of course Marloes is a women's MMA pioneer and won the very first World Remix tournament in Japan in 2000. She won the belt in October when she dropped down to 135 and beat Sarah Kaufman. She's a very well rounded fighter. Miesha won the women's tournament in August to win the title shot. She is an accomplished wrestler but has needed work on her boxing skills. As we saw in her fight with Kaufman, Marloes has strong Muay Thai skills and may want to keep the fight standing at first. Miesha will want to take the fight to the mat but Marloes is dangerous even on her back. Marloes should be the favourite because of her experience but that's why they have the fights. Anything can happen. I expect Marloes to come out swinging.

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