Marloes Coenen has made it very clear to to the media that Ronda Rousey may not be the person we thought she was. Ronda Rousey burst onto the scene of woman’s mma and took the sport by storm. She is currently undefeated and all have her wins have come by armbar, and she is the Strikeforce women’s batmweight champion of the world. She is the new face for women’s mma and has even posed for ESPN The Body Issue, which hit the stands earlier this year.
Still, Marloes Coenen is not impressed. In a recent interview with Punk Drunk Gamer, she went on to say that she thinks Rousey is ducking Christine ‘Cybor’ Santos, and that is the reason why she is fighting at 135lbs.
“She is a great grappler. The way she took out Sarah Kaufman was amazing and so unexpected to me. But she does lack balls, she judged at 154lbs, entered Strikeforce at 145lbs and when she had to fight Cris Cyborg she dropped to 135lbs. Using me as an example. Let me tell you this, I fought Cyborg (and will do so in the future again) and then was asked by Strikeforce to drop to 135lbs. Having said all this, career wise it was really smart of her and she deserves a master in PR. She doesn’t care how she gets there, as long as she gets there. And she’s successful at it, looking at the magazine covers like ESPN and changing Dana White’s mind.”
Is Marloes just trying to get her name in the hat to face Rousey? Possibly, but it does seem interesting that Rousey will not compete against Cyborg unless the match is at 135lbs. Sure, she is the champ and has every right to fight the best challengers in the division, but that competition is certainly wearing thin. Rousey has already dismantled two of the best fighters in the women’s bantamweight division in Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman, so a bout with Cyborg seems like the most logical opponent.
Or maybe a bout with Marloes Coenen. These words will surly filter through the mma grapevine, and Rousey will eventually find out what was said. Maybe this is the match up to make. Coenen is one of the most dangerous jiu jitsu fighters in women’s mma, and maybe she could pose a significant threat to the dominance of Ronda Rousey.
Coenen has notable wins over Sarah Kaufman and Roxanne Modafferri, and she just might be able to surive the first round with Rousey, which is something no fighter has yet to do. Regardless of who Ronda Rousey faces, it is clear that she needs more high-level competition in order to test her skills and give herself a challenge.