Marloes Coenen (born March 31, 1981) is a Dutch mixed martial artist. She has competed professionally since 2000 and competed for her first major title on January 30, 2010 against Strikeforce Champion Cristiane Santos in a losing effort.
Coenen is currently the #7-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #2-ranked 145-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.
Coenen debuted in mixed martial arts in November 2000 and scored eight consecutive victories, winning the 2000 ReMix World Cup along the way.
Prior to a 2004 fight with Erin Toughill, Coenen was alleged to have referred to Toughill as the “personification of arrogance.” However, she later confirmed that no such statements were made, and has mostly positive things to say about Toughill.
She later advanced to the finals of the 2007 K-GRACE tournament, but lost to Roxanne Modafferi by split decision.
Coenen signed a contract with Elite XC shortly before the promotion folded in 2008, but did not receive a chance to compete before its closure.
Following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15, 2009, it was announced that Coenen would likely be the first challenger for new Strikeforce Women’s Middleweight (145-Pound) Champion Cristiane Santos.
Coenen, who was in attendance at the post-fight press conference, later addressed the proposed fight with Santos and other potential fights under the Strikeforce banner.
However, Santos suffered an injury and Coenen was then set to compete in a rematch with Toughill at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers to determine the first title challenger.
On October 27, 2009, Toughill withdrew from the fight due to an undisclosed medical condition, but Coenen still competed on the card in a rematch against Roxanne Modafferi. She defeated Modafferi by armbar submission in the first round.
Coenen challenged for Santos’s title at Strikeforce: Miami on January 30, 2010. She lost the fight by TKO in the third round.
Coenen expressed a desire to fight again for Strikeforce on June 26, 2010, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed that Coenen would not be competing on the card.
Coenen was invited to take part in the August 2010 Strikeforce women’s tournament at 135 pounds and verbally agreed to participate. However, on July 10, 2010, it was confirmed that she was no longer scheduled to be part of the tournament.
On July 22, 2010, Strikeforce announced that Coenen will drop down to 135 pounds to face Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Championship. Coenen was named the number one contender for the title, while the winner of the Strikeforce 135-pound one-night tournament, Miesha Tate, will assume the number two contender spot behind Coenen.
She will continue to compete at 145 pounds as well and Strikeforce had planned to set up a rematch between Coenen and Cindy Dandois sometime in 2010. On August 19, 2010, it was reported that the rematch is now off.
Coenen will face Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Championship on October 9, 2010 in San Jose, California.
She is also scheduled to compete one week later at Ultimate Glory 12 on October 16, 2010 in Amsterdam, Holland. She will face Lena Buytendijk.