Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce

Marloes Coenen firing at Sarah Kaufman

“2010 was an emotional rollercoaster for me professionally and private,” admits Strikeforce women’s 135-pound champion Marloes Coenen.

From the low of losing decisively to Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos, to the high of coming from behind to submit Sarah Kaufman for her current title, it’s been a year of extremes for Coenen.

When it comes to her performances against Santos and Kaufman, again, things were worlds apart for Coenen.

“The Cyborg-fight was one big lesson to me,” she told MMAWeekly.com. “Though I lost, it has boosted my confidence big time. I proved to myself that I am a fighter, don’t give up, and can take a beating.

“The Kaufman fight was different. I had expected more fireworks from her side. To cut a long story short; I am always very critical on my own performance, but I am happy with that fight too if I take all the ‘external’ things in consideration. For my next fight, I want more fireworks… and I’ll make it happen.”

Coenen admits that cutting weight for the Kaufman fight, combined with the possibility of fighting five five-minute rounds has affected the way she approaches fights, most importantly how to conserve energy and fight smarter.

“It is in my nature to go all out, but that isn’t the brightest game plan when you have a championship fight over 25 minutes,” stated Coenen. “I would like to learn the counter better. But what I see is that you are (either) an ‘attack’ or a ‘counter’ fighter, so it will be hard.”

Looking forward to 2011, Coenen’s first title defense is scheduled to be against Miesha Tate.

“She is a good wrestler and controls (her opponents) effectively, but her stand-up isn’t like Kaufman’s,” said Coenen. “My ground game is okay and my wrestling too, so I look forward to measuring our strengths.”

Tate fight aside, Coenen is intent on proving any detractors wrong by putting all her efforts into becoming a dominant world-class fighter.

“(I want to) consolidate my title, keep on training my women’s group, and fight all over the world,” commented Coenen. “The upcoming three years, at least, I will totally dedicate to MMA. I’ll do whatever it takes, and maybe I move to the U.S., we will see.

“2011 will be spectacular, cannot wait for it to start. If there is a theme (for the year) it’ll be ‘Bring it on!’”

After highs and lows dominated her 2010, Coenen looks to gain stability in 2011 and prove she can be the stalwart of Strikeforce’s 135-pound division for some time to come.

“I wish you all the best for 2011,” concluded Coenen. “Believe in your dreams and hang on. The road can be wobbly but when you believe it, you can make it. Happy New Year to everyone!”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Claudia Gadelha teases Jedrzejczyk on Twitter: 'You know you lost to me'

  • 23 days ago
  • 29 views

Claudia Gadelha fires at Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Twitter ahead of her number one contender match against Jessica Agular at UFC 190. Strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, has a very decisive bout comin read news >>

UFC President Dana White Says Conor McGregor Tried to Bet $3 Million on Himself

  • 23 days ago
  • 32 views

Conor McGregor is confident ahead of his UFC 189 matchup against Chad Mendes on Saturday, July 11. Confident to the tune of $3 million, in fact. According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor made a read news >>

Video: Dan Hardy, John Gooden offer in-depth analysis of UFC 189's non-title bouts

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

Ahead of Saturday’s UFC 189 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, go inside the main card for an in-depth breakdown of the pay-per-view broadcast’s three non-title fights. Former UFC welterweight title ch read news >>

Report: Conor McGregor Needs to Drop 27 Pounds Ahead of UFC 189

  • 24 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC featherweight title contender Conor McGregor is walking into the fight of his life at UFC 189. As MMA fans know, however, a big fight is almost certainly preceded by a big weight cut. Former thre read news >>

Training partner: Jon Jones back to training and acting 'positive'

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

The biggest fight of Jon Jones' life may still be ahead, but there are glimpses and signs that the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion is taking it in stride. Two weeks ago a photograph appeared on read news >>

Dana White expects UFC 189 to set U.S. gate record with $7 million in ticket sales on July 11

  • 25 days ago
  • 23 views

"Notorious" power? No Jose Aldo? No problem!. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is still very confident that the upcoming UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) event set for July 11, 201 read news >>

Rony Jason to take legal action against CABMMA if failed drug test is overturned

  • 26 days ago
  • 18 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight Rony Jason expects to sue the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) if his failed drug test at UFC Fight Night 67 is reverted by Las Vegas doctors. Forme read news >>

UFC Strawweight Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk Gets Thumb Surgery, Expects 2015 Return

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the UFC women's strawweight champion and maybe the most exciting fighter to break onto the big stage this year, underwent thumb surgery on Friday. The news came early on Friday in read news >>

How serious is a rib fracture like the one suffered by Jose Aldo ahead of UFC 189?

  • 28 days ago
  • 77 views

Dr. Johhny Benjamin weighs in on the situation involving Jose Aldo’s injured ribs, the physical pain involved and dangers of competing with a fracture.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Despite loss of Aldo vs McGregor, Dana White expects record-setting $7M gate for UFC 189

  • 28 days ago
  • 20 views

UFC 189 might have lost it's big headliner, but will still be the most profitable live event on US soil in promotion history, according to the UFC president. When it comes to promoting and marketing read news >>