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Breaking News: Strikeforce Cuts Marloes Coenen and Valentijn Overeem

Written by Tom Ngo
August 3rd, 2011
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It is not a good week to be a member of the famed Golden Glory fight team. According to GG’s head coach, Martijn de Jong, Strikeforce has cut ties with former women’s welterweight champion Marloes Coenen following her title loss to Miesha Tate this past Saturday.

The unemployment parade certainly didn’t stop there, as Jong also confirmed Valentijn Overeem will be joining his brother and former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair in his search for a new home.

While heavyweight Jon Olav Einemo never competed for Strikeforce, he lost his only fight for Zuffa, LLC’s primary promotion this past June. Although he took home “Fight of the Night” honors for his 2ndRound TKO loss to Dave Herman at UFC 131, “The Viking” was also handed his pink slip early Thursday morning.

Coenen dropped her record to 19-5 after this weekend’s submission loss. She posted a 3-2 record in Strikeforce en route to capturing the 135-pound crown. “Rumina” also lost a 145-pound title match to reigning champ Cristiane “Cyborg Santos during her tenure with the UFC’s little brother.

UFC president Dana White has not been shy in expressing his disinterest in promoting female fights, so Coenen’s shocking release could be a sign of things to come for Strikeforce’s ladies.

Valentijn’s dismissal doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as most believed the only reason he was offered an opportunity with Strikeforce was because of Alistair. The heavyweight owns a mundane 31-29 professional MMA record and was 1-1 under the company’s banner.

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