Former Strikeforce women’s champion Marloes Coenen announced where she will fight next, signing a contract with Black Eye Fighting Promotions on Friday.
Coenen, who was released from her deal with Zuffa and Strikeforce after she lost to Miesha Tate earlier this year, will likely make her debut with the upstart North Carolina-based promotion in February.
Coenen was part of the Golden Glory team that was let go by Zuffa due to problems with contracts and the transfer of money won by the fighters. Since that went down, though, Golden Glory has been working with Zuffa, the UFC and Strikeforce to allow its fighters back in the company.
“I’ve got a three-fight, non-exclusive deal with Black Eye Promotions. It’s a new promotion that is based in North Carolina,” Coenen announced on Inside MMA Friday night. “I’ve met the owners of it and when I talked to them, they’re honest passion is what really made me decide to choose them instead of another organization. I know I have a chance to go back to Strikeforce because they’re negotiating again (with Golden Glory) but they people are really passionate to build a platform for women in the sport and to make strong divisions and they help me with that, inside and outside the cage.”
Coenen (19-5) had won two straight fights, and three of her last four, prior to falling to Tate by submission in the fourth round.