Just four days removed from losing her Strikeforce welterweight title, Marloes Coenen was released from the largest MMA organization that’s still willing to promote female fights. While some fans thought the company made a mistake by issuing Coenen her walking papers, the unfortunate reality has become her worst nightmare.
“Nope, it’s not a bad dream.. #wakingupafterthenews,” Coenen tweeted Thursday morning.”
Coenen’s abrupt firing comes on the heels of Alistair Overeem’s unexpected release. Although there is plenty of controversy surrounding the now-former heavyweight champion’s removal from Strikeforce’s Grand Prix in September, very few answers have been provided as to what exactly went wrong between the San Jose, California-based company and Overeem’s Golden Glory representatives.
It appears Coenen may be guilty by association and that’s why she was caught in the crossfire. Four athletes from the famed fight squad have been fired from Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, since last Friday.
“I want to thank all my fans for the overwhelming support & kindness. I can hardly wrap my head around the love you have [showed] me. You have supported me as a fighter & a representative of WMMA. And I genuinely thank you for this,” Coenen posted.
“Golden Glory is more [than] a fight team; we’re a family. We are in this together and now I know the fans have joined us.”
When asked if her unemployment status would deter her from resuming her mixed martial arts career, the 30-year-old was emphatic in her response.
“Never!” Coenen said of quitting. “Fighting = my life..when I’m back in [Netherlands]. I’ll be working out hard again. For now I can rest & recover here in the US.”
Coenen owns a 19-5 professional record and posted a 3-2 mark while under Strikeforce’s banner. Four of her fights were of the championship variety, with one of her losses coming in a title bout against reigning middleweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, who most consider to be the baddest female walking the face of the earth.