Cris Cyborg is the best women’s fighter in the world at 145 pounds, but for years there have been questions — and hope — about her moving down to 135 to face marquee names, starting with Ronda Rousey. The UFC does not have a 145-pound women’s division, because there is a scarcity of elite talent at that weight outside of Cyborg, who is the most dominant female fighter in the world.
Marloes Coenen has been in Cyborg’s shoes. She was asked to go down to 135 pounds from her natural division of 145 in Strikeforce. Coenen ended up winning the title at 135 there, but it was hardly a good experience. She said she wouldn’t do it again “in a million years.”
“I wasn’t training,” Coenen told MMA Fighting. “The only thing I was doing was dieting. I became emotionally unstable. When I was in the cage, my body didn’t do what I wanted it to do. My coach said, ‘do this, do this,’ and I wanted to do it, but I just couldn’t. “
That’s why Coenen is happy to see the UFC give Cyborg a shot without forcing her to drop to 135 pounds. Cyborg will make her UFC debut against Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on Saturday in Curitiba, Brazil. The bout will be at a catchweight of 140 pounds.
“The UFC is doing the right thing by bringing her in at , because I think it would be a different Cyborg at ,” Coenen said. … “Her biggest weapon is strength. You take that away, what else does she got?”
Coenen (23-6) is very familiar with Cyborg. If Cyborg is the best women’s featherweight fighter in the world, Coenen is second. Cyborg defeated Coenen via fourth-round TKO to win the inaugural Invicta FC 145-pound title in ….View full article
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