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Last month, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Marloes Coenen. Marloes “Rumina” Coenen is a women’s MMA pioneer and current Bellator featherweight.

Coenen (23-7) began her professional career in November of 2000. She would then move on to Strikeforce where she debuted in November of 2009. In Strikeforce, Coenen faced the likes of Meisha Tate, Cristine “Cyborg” Santos, Sarah Kaufman and Liz Carmouche. Coenen would go on to headline the very first Invicta Fighting Championshipsevent ever when she faced Romy Ruyssen in April of 2012. However since October of 2014, Coenen has been fighting at Bellator, a promotion run by her former boss at Strikeforce Scott Coker.

Throughout the interview, Ms. Coenen and I discuss how she got into fighting, what it was like to be a female fighter at the time where WMMA was not as big. She also discusses her time as a professional before Strikeforce and Invicta, the problems she possibly faced when Zuffa bought Strikeforce, what it meant to her to be a part of Invicta’s first ever card and why she chose to go to Bellator. She even touched on the possibility of a move to the UFC.