Marloes Coenen Submits Annalisa Bucci At Bellator 130Marloes “Rumina” Coenen picked up a dominant third-round submission win in her Bellator debut tonight at Bellator 130 in Mulvane, Kansas. The former Strikeforce champ and long-time contender finished Italian striker Annalisa “No Fear” Bucci with a modified rear-naked choke in a featherweight bout.

Coenen controlled the action on the ground throughout tonight’s fight and she prevented Bucci from mounting any offence at all. Bucci managed to take top position on the mat in rounds two and three, but Coenen remained active from the bottom and she eventually secured the fight-ending choke.


Coenen (22-6-0) immediately rushed forward and took Bucci (7-4-0) down into side control. She briefly looked for a quick guillotine choke before taking Bucci’s back in search of a rear-naked choke. Bucci defended well and Coenen eventually lost the position, but she tied Bucci up in her guard and landed some solid shots from the bottom. The fighters were stood up and Coenen landed a lead left hook. She took Bucci down late in the round and attempted a kimura before the bell.

In round two, Coenen punched her way into a clinch and took Bucci down again. She landed more punches from the top and tried to take Bucci’s back, but Bucci escaped into top position in Coenen’s guard. Coenen scrambled and took Bucci’s back again, but Bucci swept into her guard once more. She landed a handful of short punches and elbows in the final seconds of the round.

Just as she did in the opening two rounds, Coenen once again took Bucci down right away in round three. From side control, she trapped Bucci’s left arm with her legs and reached her own arm across Bucci’s throat. Still in side control, Coenen locked on a modified rear-naked choke. Bucci could not breathe and she was forced to submit within seconds.

Tonight’s impressive win marked a successful promotional debut for Coenen, who signed with Bellator earlier this year following a disappointing loss to rival Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino in a featherweight title rematch at Invicta FC 6. Coenen has won five of her past seven fights including four by submission.

Winner: Marloes Coenen by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 0:57 of round three. She improves to 22-6-0.



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  1. Love Marloes. Great fighter. She made some mistakes there (lost top position two or three times), but she was winning the fight standing up against a kickboxer, and owned her pretty hard on the ground (even from her back).

    Awesome fight! Glad to see her back.

    Julia Budd is in for some trouble (she will outwrestle Marloes, and will be tapped there).

  2. Both julia and Marloes need to be in the ufc…they could beat half the girls already signed!

  3. Marloes can make 135 lbs., but loses a lot of power. I doubt Julia Budd can make 135 lbs. She’s VERY ripped at 145 lbs.

    Saw a recent video of Cyborg, and she looks d*mn powerful. Some nasty flying elbows and powerful kicks.

    They mentioned she’s losing weight. She still looks too big for 135 lbs., though.

  4. At 145 lbs, Marloes could be a really hard match even for Ronda, by the way. At 135 lbs, Rousey would be too much for her.