While Ronda Rousey (6-0) has dominated Strikeforce’s female division, she hasn’t won over former champion Marloes Coenen (20-5).
“[Rousey] is a great grappler,” said Coenen on Punch Drunk Gamer. “The way she took out Sarah Kaufman was amazing and so unexpected to me. But she does lack balls. She entered Strikeforce at 145 pounds and when she had to fight Cris Cyborg she dropped to 135 pounds.”
Coenen unsuccessfully challenged Santos in 2010 for the championship. She sees Rousey as doing a good job of creating interest for females in MMA, but more importantly her career.
“Let me tell you this, I fought Cyborg and then was asked by Strikeforce to drop to 135 pounds,” said Coenen. “Having said all this, career wise it was really smart of her and she deserves a master in PR. She doesn’t care how she gets there, as long as she gets there. She’s successful at it, looking at the magazine covers like ESPN and changing Dana White’s mind.”
Sully Sullivan contributed to this article.