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Marloes Coenen becomes new Strikeforce women's champion

Marloes Coenen, bottom, puts an armbar on Sarah

Marloes Coenen, bottom, puts an armbar on Sarah Kaufman to win Strikeforce women's welterweight championship in San Jose, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

We don't live in a "Mad Men" world, which means it's time to treat and respect female mixed martial artists as real fighters rather than just cat-fighters.

Marloes Coenen proved once again Saturday night why this is so during her welterweight title shot at Strikeforce in San Jose. After being put on her back and eating a few punches from champion Sarah Kaufman in the third round, Coenen got wrist control, pinned Kaufman's arms in and locked in an armbar.

A few seconds later, Kaufman tapped out and Coenen became the new champion. It was an impressive display of jiu-jitsu and further exemplifies the fact that any fighter is just a few seconds away from losing, even if they have the dominant position at the time.

Coenen will make her first title defense against Meisha Tata, who won a four-woman, one-night tournament earlier this year.


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