Marloes Coenen: Strikeforce ‘has done a great thing’ by pushing women’s MMA

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But are mixed martial arts fans embracing it?

Strikeforce is the only big organization that really pushes women, and they’ve shown confidence in me to fight on televised cards, so I think Strikeforce has done a great thing. There are still some cases where women only become popular if they’re cute, but I think most American fans realize that there are a lot of women who are athletes in this game and that we train just as hard as the men do and we should be respected in the same way by the audience. American fans are more knowledgeable than fans in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, we know the Thai boxing, but when the fight goes to the ground, the fans don’t understand it. And then in Japan it’s just a completely different culture. You fight over there and they’re very quiet. I think the American fans are way more advanced than other audiences…

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Marloes Coenen: Strikeforce ‘has done a great thing’ by pushing women’s MMA

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