March 31, 1981
|Other names||Female Rickson |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||67.5 in (171 cm)|
|Style||Freestyle Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Coenen's brothers and grandfather were both involved in martial arts, with the latter having trained in jiu-jitsu, and this aided Coenen with her own transition into the sport.
She began training with Pierre Drachman and Martijn de Jong at Shooto Holland while only 14, who recalls that, "I really had respect for that, because it didn't matter if it rained or snowed. She still kept on coming." She started martial arts training because she had to bicycle alone through a lonely part of the forest to and from school, and she had heard rumors that there were "dirty men in the forest" who preyed on girls.
Along with her competitive career, Coenen is planning to study Communications Sciences in Amsterdam with a goal of future employment in that sector.
Mixed martial arts career
Coenen debuted in mixed martial arts in November 2000 and scored eight consecutive victories, winning the 2000 ReMix World Cup along the way. This was the first female MMA championship making her the first ever female MMA champion.
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.
Coenen, who was in attendance at the post-fight press conference, later addressed the proposed fight with Cyborg and other potential fights under the Strikeforce banner.
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 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 would drop down to 135 pounds to face Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight 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 was off.
Coenen faced Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship on October 9, 2010 in San Jose, California. Coenen won the fight by submission due to an armbar in the third round to become Women's Bantamweight Champion (135 lbs).
She was also scheduled to compete one week later at Ultimate Glory 12 on October 16, 2010 in Amsterdam, Holland against Lena Buytendijk. However, it was announced during the event that the fight had been cancelled.
Coenen was scheduled to defend her Strikeforce title against Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson on March 5, 2011. Tate was forced off the card due to injury. Liz Carmouche stepped in on short notice to face Coenen for the title. Coenen defeated Carmouche via triangle choke in the fourth round.
Coenen defended her title against Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30, 2011 and lost via submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the fourth round. This was the first time that Coenen had been submitted in MMA. Prior to the bout, Zuffa management changed the name of Coenen's title from Welterweight to Bantamweight in order to keep all weight classes the same.
On August 3, 2011, Golden Glory announced that Coenen had been released from her contract by Strikeforce.
Invicta FC and Dream
On August 26, 2011, Coenen announced that she had signed a three-fight, non-exclusive deal with North Carolina-based organization BlackEye Promotions for a February 2012 debut. However, Coenen remained under a verbal agreement with the promotion only and did not in fact sign a contract. She instead signed on as the first contracted athlete to Invicta Fighting Championships. Coenen returned to 145 pounds to headline the first all-female Invicta Fighting Championships card against Romy Ruyssen on April 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. She defeated Ruyssen by unanimous decision.
Coenen faced Cris Cyborg in a rematch for the inaugural Invicta FC Featherweight Championship at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013. Cyborg defeated Coenen again via TKO in the fourth round to become the first Invicta FC Featherweight Champion.
In August 2014, it was announced that Bellator had signed Marloes Coenen.
She was set to face Julia Budd for the inaugural Bellator Woman's Featherweight Championship at Bellator 155, however Budd pulled out due to injury and was replaced by Alexis Dufresne, making the bout no longer for the title. Coenen lost the bout via submission in the first round.
Coenen faced Julia Budd for Bellator's inaugural women's featherweight championship, at Bellator 174 on March 3, 2017. Coenen lost the fight via TKO in the fourth round and subsequently announced her retirement from MMA after the fight.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||23 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||23–8||Julia Budd||TKO (punches)||Bellator 174||March 3, 2017||4||2:42||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||For the inaugural Bellator Women's Featherweight Championship|
|Loss||23–7||Alexis Dufresne||Submission (triangle armbar)||Bellator 155||May 20, 2016||1||4:33||Boise, Idaho, United States||Catchweight (150lbs) bout; Dufresne missed weight.|
|Win||23–6||Arlene Blencowe||Submission (armbar)||Bellator 141||August 28, 2015||2||3:23||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||22–6||Annalisa Bucci||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 130||October 24, 2014||3||0:57||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||21–6||Cris Cyborg||TKO (punches and elbows)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||July 13, 2013||4||4:02||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||For the inaugural Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||21–5||Fiona Muxlow||Submission (armbar)||Dream 18||December 31, 2012||1||3:29||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||20–5||Romy Ruyssen||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen||April 28, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||19–5||Miesha Tate||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson||July 30, 2011||4||3:03||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States||Lost the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||19–4||Liz Carmouche||Submission (triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson||March 5, 2011||4||1:29||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Defended the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||18–4||Sarah Kaufman||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: San Jose||October 9, 2010||3||1:59||San Jose, California, United States||Won the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||17–4||Cris Cyborg||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Miami||January 30, 2010||3||3:40||Sunrise, Florida, United States||For the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||17–3||Roxanne Modafferi||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||1||1:05||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States||Strikeforce Debut.|
|Loss||16–3||Cindy Dandois||Decision (unanimous)||Beast of the East||January 24, 2009||3||5:00||Zutphen, Holland|
|Win||16–2||Asci Kubra||TKO (punches)||KOE: Tough Is Not Enough||October 5, 2008||1||1:51||Rotterdam, Holland|
|Win||15–2||Romy Ruyssen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SLV 3: Thaibox Gala Night||August 2, 2008||2||4:45||Basel, Switzerland|
|Win||14–2||Asci Kubra||Submission (armbar)||Beast of the East||May 31, 2008||1||N/A||Zutphen, Holland|
|Loss||13–2||Roxanne Modafferi||Decision (split)||K-Grace 1||May 27, 2007||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–1||Magdalena Jarecka||Submission (rear-naked choke)||K-Grace 1||May 27, 2007||2||1:35||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–1||Keiko Tamai||Submission (rear-naked choke)||K-Grace 1||May 27, 2007||1||2:01||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11–1||Majanka Lathouwers||Submission (armbar)||Shooto Holland: Ultimate Glory 2||January 21, 2007||2||3:10||Utrecht, Holland|
|Win||10–1||Yoko Takahashi||Submission (armbar)||G-Shooto: G-Shooto 04||March 11, 2006||1||0:39||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–1||Yuuki Kondo||KO (punch)||Smackgirl: Cool Fighter's Last Stand||April 30, 2005||2||0:50||Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan|
|Loss||8–1||Erin Toughill||KO (punch)||Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004||December 19, 2004||1||5:00||Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan|
|Win||8–0||Yoko Takahashi||TKO (punches)||Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004||December 19, 2004||1||2:30||Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan|
|Win||7–0||Miwako Ishihara||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Wanna Shooto 2002||April 14, 2002||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Megumi Yabushita||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Jd': No Holds Barred||January 13, 2002||1||2:27||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Yoko Takahashi||Submission (armbar)||ReMix: Golden Gate 2001||May 3, 2001||1||1:11||Japan|
|Win||4–0||Megumi Yabushita||Decision (unanimous)||ReMix: World Cup 2000||December 5, 2000||3||5:00||Nippon Budokan, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Becky Levi||Submission (flying armbar)||ReMix: World Cup 2000||December 5, 2000||1||1:25||Nippon Budokan, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Mika Harigai||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ReMix: World Cup 2000||December 5, 2000||1||0:31||Nippon Budokan, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Yuuki Kondo||Submission (armbar)||LLPW – L-1 2000: The Strongest Lady||November 22, 2000||1||2:37||Tokyo, Japan|
- Dutch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
- 2000 ReMix World Cup Champion
- Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion (October 9, 2010)
- 2007 ADCC Bronze - Women's Under 67 kg
- "Marloes Coenen answers fan's submitted questions". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
- "Historical Timeline for Female MMA". Sherdog.com.
- "Video Interview With Marloes Coenen". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
- "Modafferi Wins Big in K-Grace". Sherdog.com. 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- "EliteXC Signs Three Female Talents". TheFightNetwork.com. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
- "Toughill vs Coenen For Strikeforce On CBS". MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
- "Coenen vs Toughill 2 Set For November 7th". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
- "Erin Toughill Out Of Fight With Marloes Coenen". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
- "Modafferi To Rematch Coenen In Strikeforce". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "'Fedor vs. Rogers' Results and Live Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- "Cyborg vs Coenen Likely To Headline In January". MMARising.com. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "'Cyborg' Santos dominates Coenen to keep belt". YAHOO! Sports. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Five Questions with Marloes "Rumina" Coenen". LowKick.com. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
- "Scott Coker: Women's Title Fights, Tournament". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
- "Coenen Likely For Strikeforce Women's Tournament". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
- "Strikeforce Women's Tournament Participants". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
- "Lineup Set For Strikeforce Women's Tournament". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
- "Strikeforce 135-pound tourney official; Marloes Coenen named No. 1 contender". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Update: Coenen To Compete At Both 135 & 145". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Dandois Rematch Off, Coenen Fights October 16th". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Kaufman vs. Coenen, Lindland vs. Rockhold set for Oct. 9 Strikeforce; Diaz also likely". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- "Strikeforce Live Blog: Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen Updates". MMAFighting.com. 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- "Golden Glory: Marloes Coenen Will Fight At Glory 12". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Marloes Coenen vs Lena Buytendijk Set For Glory 12". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
- "Marloes Coenen vs Lena Buytendijk Off Glory 12". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- "Tate Injured; Coenen Defends Against Carmouche". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
- "Champ Comes Back: Marloes Coenen Submits Liz Carmouche". MMAFighting.com. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
- "Miesha Tate Wins Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Title". MMARising.com. 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- "Marloes Coenen and Valentijn Overeem cut from Stikeforce, Jon Olav Einemo released from UFC". MMAmania.com. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
- "Marloes Coenen Signs Deal With BlackEye Promotions". MMARising.com. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
- "All-Female Invicta Fighting Championships Debuts On April 28". MMARising.com. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- "Invicta FC 1 Results: Marloes Coenen, Jessica Penne Victorious". MMARising.com. 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
- "Marloes Coenen To Face Fiona Muxlow At DREAM.18 In Japan". MMARising.com. 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "Marloes Coenen Secures Quick Submission Victory At DREAM.18". MMARising.com. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- "Kawajiri Crushes Omigawa, Aoki Pounds Out McKee at Dream 18 NYE Special". Sherdog.com. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- "Marloes Coenen vs. Cristiane 'Cyborg' title rematch will headline Invicta FC 6". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
- "Carla Esparza to Defend Belt at Invicta FC 6 in July; Bec Hyatt Also Returns". MMAWeekly.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
- "Invicta FC 6 Results: Cris Cyborg Wins Featherweight Title". MMARising.com. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Invicta FC 6 results: Cris 'Cyborg' claims featherweight belt with TKO win". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-07-13. Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- Dave Meltzer (August 14, 2014). "Bellator signs Marloes Coenen, Julia Budd to open women's 145-pound division". mmafighting.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
- MMAjunkie Staff (September 30, 2014). "Emanuel Newton headlines Bellator 130 in title tilt with Linton Vassell". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
- "Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd fight for featherweight title at Bellator 155". MMAJunkie.com Staff. April 1, 2016.
- Ariel Helwani (2016-11-04). "Paul Daley pulled from tonight's Bellator 163 card after difficult weight cut". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
- Staff (March 3, 2017). "Bellator 174 results: Julia Budd wins featherweight title vs. Marloes Coenen, who retires". mmajunkie.com.
- Marloes Coenen at Awakening Fighters
- Professional MMA record for Marloes Coenen from Sherdog
- Marloes Coenen on IMDb
| 2nd Women's Welterweight Champion
October 9, 2010 - July 30, 2011