Less than a month after her abrupt firing, former Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Marloes Coenen has signed with Blackeye Promotions. Coenen is the first female fighter in the Blackeye WMMA division.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of Blackeye Promotions, as they have an honest passion for the sport and are genuinely committed to building a platform for women in MMA,” Coenen stated. “Equality for women in this sport is a cause close to my heart and important to the generations of women fighters that will compete after me.
“I am happy to be signed with a promotion that not only supports this quest for equality, but is dedicated and committed to making a difference.”
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.
The 30-year-old was cut after losing her title to Miesha Tate at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” in July. It is believed Coenen’s release was directly related to her connection with her longtime management team, Golden Glory. The Dutch company insists on getting paid directly from Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, so they can then distribute the funds to their fighters.
Unfortunately for GG and their clients, that’s not the way UFC president Dana White and his organization have ever operated.
Terms of Coenen’s deal were not disclosed. No word on when she will break in her new contract.