by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The Strikeforce women’s division may have found a new No. 1 contender on Saturday night as Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen made short work of short notice replacement Roxanne Modafferi with an armbar submission at just over one minute into the first round at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.
Both fighters came out aggressive early on, but it was very apparent that Coenen was the taller and bigger fighter as she had quite a bit of reach on the smaller Modafferi. A good push kick from Coenen put Modafferi on notice that she could be in trouble from such distance.
To remedy the reach problem, Modafferi charged in with punches, but instead got clipped by Coenen, dropping her to her knees on the mat. Quick to get her senses back, Modafferi grabbed a leg and got a takedown, but trouble loomed there as well.
Almost as quickly as Modafferi landed in Coenen’s guard, the Dutch fighter swiveled around and locked on a tight armbar. Struggling to get out, Modafferi fell flat on her belly as Coenen pulled harder on the arm, forcing the tapout and a stop to the fight.
With the win, Coenen likely earns a shot at current Strikeforce women’s champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos at some point in the near future.