Over the past two days we lost two great women’s MMA fights: Sarah Kaufman vs Takayo Hashi on Strikeforce’s November 20th Challengers card (which seems like it will be delayed until the new year), and more importantly Marloes Coenen vs Erin Toughill on the big Fedor vs Rogers card. That one was to decide a #1 contender for Cris Cyborg. As for why that one got cancelled, reports are differing. From MMA Junkie:
While the official story is Toughill pulled out of the event due to a medical reason, multiple sources close to the fighter said she may have had trouble making weight for the show. It’s unknown if one caused the other.
And then Sherdog:
Toughill confirmed her withdrawal with Sherdog.com via text due to “medical reasons,” but would not elaborate other than to note that she was on course to making weight for the bout. Toughill said she will take some time to recover and will compete again at a later date.
I don’t really get why she wouldn’t elaborate on the issue but she has been known to act a little zany from time to time.
Whatever the case, her loss is our gain. For a second there I thought we had just lost the only meaningful women’s fights for the rest of the year. But when the Flying Spaghetti Monster closes a door with his noodly appendage, he also opens up a window. Replacing Toughill will be top 135 pound fighter and Fightlinker posse member Roxy Modafferi! Roxy will be stepping up a weight division on a week’s notice to beat Coenen again like she beat her the first time they met.
Do I have to tell you how badass this is? Everyone has been banging the Roxy drum for a long time and now she gets her shot on Strikeforce’s first big CBS show with Fedor Emelianenko. And the fight is a swing-bout, meaning if the other fighters take care of business and don’t drag out endless decisions, there’s a good chance we’ll still get to see it. I’m not risking that, though. So pardon me for a moment while I go figure out a way to get my ass to Chicago. WAR ROXY!