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Strikeforce can’t guarantee you’ll get to see Coenen-Toughill

Cyborg Santos sustained a shoulder injury at the ADCC last month, which removed the possibility of her defending the new Strikeforce Women’s Lightweight (145 lbs) Championship on their first CBS card next month. This came in lieu of rumors that the first challenger to Cyborg’s newly won title would be Marloes Coenen. Well, Strikeforce had a bright idea (gasp): rematch Coenen against one of the three women to beat her. Erin Toughill KO’ed Coenen back in 2004 (interestingly, our girl Roxy also holds a win over Coenen – and a more recent one at that – but I doubt she was offered this fight) and has won her last four fights, two of them by TKO. A perfect fight to set up the next contender for Cyborg in a very shallow division.

How could Strikeforce possibly fuck this up?

A 145-pound bout between veterans Marloes Coenen (16-3) and Erin Toughill (10-2-1) is in the process of being finalized for Strikeforce’s Nov. 7 Chicago-area event…

The source said the fight isn’t guaranteed TV time but will be a “reserve bout” that will take a spot on the CBS broadcast if one of the four main-card bouts falls through in the next month.

In a way, I’m kind of pleasantly surprised that they’re even doing the fight as opposed to just waiting for Cyborg to get healthy. That gets another fighter paid, so I’m all for that. I’m WAY more pissed that Strikeforce has decided to go the way of PRIDE and have their champion fight without defending his belt by making Mousasi/Soko a non-title affair. This is me praying for a 3 round decision where Soko steals the first two and gasses hard. But the prelims? Really? I’m pretty sad that this fight probably won’t get seen. It’s a shame that Coker and company only deign to promote women’s MMA when it involves Gina Carano, Cyborg or a UFC fighter’s wife/ex-wife that refuses to give up the last name. A little commitment to showcasing other fighters, building up contenders and establishing depth is, apparently, too much to ask from them.