Cool Coenen Not Sweating Late Change to Title Defense

By Mike Whitman

Strikeforce 135-pound queen Marloes Coenen was supposed to defend her title against top contender Miesha Tate on March 5 in Columbus. However, that bout will not come to fruition, as Tate suffered a knee injury that has scratched her from the bout. Now, the Golden Glory standout will put her belt on the line against undefeated Liz Carmouche when Strikeforce hits the Nationwide Arena.

One might think that the late change could potentially throw a monkey wrench into the champion’s game plan or mental preparation.

Not so, says Coenen.

“I’m excited. I’m looking forward to it. [The late change in opponent] is no problem for me. I had to wait a long time to fight again, so I’m all pumped up. I feel well-rounded in all the areas of the game,” said Coenen during Thursday’s Strikeforce conference call. “Liz is a little different fighter than Miesha is. I believe Liz is very talented, and she will be a big star in the coming years. I believe her [submission game] is a little better than Miesha’s.”

The Carmouche bout marks the first defense of Coenen’s title she won five months ago.

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