Champ Comes Back: Marloes Coenen Submits Liz Carmouche

By Michael David Smith

Marloes Coenen had a comeback worthy of a champion Saturday night, taking a brutal beating before pulling off a fourth-round submission to defeat Liz Carmouche and retain her Strikeforce 135-pound championship belt.

It was no surprise that Coenen won with a submission off her back — that’s her specialty — but it was a surprise that she took so much punishment before she got there: Carmouche was a huge underdog, but she had thoroughly pounded on Coenen in the second and third rounds of the fight, and appeared to be close to pulling off a major upset.

But Coenen, in a move reminiscent of Anderson SIlva‘s comeback victory over Chael Sonnen, used a triangle choke off her back to force Carmouche to tap in the fourth.

“Liz was whipping my ass,” Coenen said. “She will be a future champ some day.”

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