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Coenen v. Tate: Most Important Women's Fight in MMA History?

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Back in the Summer of ’09 Carano vs. Cyborg not only packed the HP Pavilion it was also highest rated event for MMA on Showtime at that time. Coenen and Tate are likely to have even more eye balls on them due to a couple of factors. The obvious being that they are leading directly into a Legend vs. Legend Heavyweight showdown that is currently taking all of the headlines. The other factor, this live card won’t be competing with the replay of a recent historic MMA event like UFC 100. With both the UFC and Strikeforce being under the Zuffa umbrella now days there is no reason for Dana White and co. to take away any viewers from the Force.

The landscape has changed big time in the past two years and continues to every single day. This is still the fastest growing sport in the world and it isn’t going away any time soon. Which brings us to the UFC factor.

The Champ and the Challenger have both called out Dana White by name insisting that the UFC will change their view on WMMA, and consider it for the top promotion in the world. Lets be honest. Strikeforce isn’t going to be around forever. With huge names like Mayhem and Nick Diaz immediately springing into the UFC, and Cung Le saying he will now only fight for big brother, it’s only a matter of time before more top guns follow suit. The importance of the belts have even completely diminished. This Women’s 135 Pound Title may be the only strap left with any meaning since Cyborg may not even defend her Middleweight one again. With Carano making movies and Cyborg possibly opting out of Strikeforce for now that makes Coenen and Tate arguably the two most talented and marketable women’s mixed martial artists on the Zuffa roster.

From the fans in the stands in addition to the ones tuning in on Showtime (Super Channel in Canada), and most importantly the suits cage side and upstairs, this fight is like Neo. It’s the one for Women’s Mixed Martial Arts. It decides its mainstream future. I say mainstream because if you’ve watched some of these women compete and know what they go through you know that the passion of the artists and excitement of the fan’s will never go away, just like in the men’s case. Whether or not the fair weather MMA fans and the Zuffa brass will catch on depends on this fight. All eyes are on Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Champion Marloes Coenen and Women’s Welterweight Tournament Winner Miesha Tate. This fight means what Obi Wan meant to the Rebel Alliance. It’s the only hope for WMMA. Alright enough with comparing this fight to nerdy science fiction movies!

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Submission Specialist Marloes “Rumina” Coenen is coming off one of the most exciting comebacks victories in recent history by defeating Liz Carmouche via triangle choke after being way down on the scorecards late in their title fight. All “Takedown” artist Miesha Tate did was beat two girls in the same night to earn her shot at Coenen’s belt. Tate has been out of action for almost a year due to a knee injury but every thing happens for a reason. The rescheduled tilt serves as the Co- Main Event for Saturday night’s Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson card.

This fight is on a much better card now which is giving it the heightened publicity that it deserves.