A tentatively planned rematch between Marloes “Rumina” Coenen and Cindy “Battlecat” Dandois, targeted for this year in Strikeforce, is off. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the updated news with MMARising.com tonight in response to comments from Coenen’s Golden Glory team.
Martijn de Jong, a lead trainer at Golden Glory, posted early yesterday that Coenen had been scheduled to fight this Saturday at Strikeforce: Houston, but Coker says that that was not the case. Coenen will still compete on October 16th at Glory 12 in Amsterdam against an undetermined opponent.
MMARising.com first exclusively reported on the possibility of the Coenen-Dandois rematch on July 19th. Coker confirmed that a tentative plan was in place to pit the two rivals against each other for the second time in September or October, though no specific dates were named and the month of August was not mentioned. However, three days later, it was announced that Coenen had been named as the number one contender for the Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight (135-Pound) Championship.
Plans for the rematch with Dandois were then put aside, as Strikeforce shifted its focus to promoting a title fight between Coenen and the winner of the July 23rd bout between Sarah Kaufman and Roxanne Modafferi. Kaufman won that fight by knockout in the third round and has since commented multiple times regarding a fight with Coenen, including on camera at Strikeforce Challengers 10 last Friday. Questions remain as to whether Coenen can safely cut down to 135 pounds, but any talk of Coenen facing Dandois in a 145-pound rematch has been off the table for some time, according to Coker.
Before she challenges Kaufman for the Strikeforce title, Coenen will compete on October 16th at Glory 12 in Amsterdam, Holland. The event, which will feature both kickboxing and mixed martial arts bouts, serves as the first round of the 2010/2011 Glory FTP World Series. Coenen’s opponent has not been named and it is presently unknown whether she will compete at 145 pounds or a weight closer to 135.
The planned rematch between Coenen and Dandois may no longer take place at all, but Coker remains hopeful that the fight can be put together at some point in the future. For the time being, Coenen’s Strikeforce future lies in the 135-pound division as she prepares to challenge for the promotion’s title. As for Dandois, Coker confirmed that she has still not signed with Strikeforce.
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