“My management has proven themselves over and over again. I’ve been with them for 10 years. If they tell me to do it a certain way, I will do it because I trust them completely… In America, you pay taxes, but in the Netherlands, you pay a lot of tax because we’ve got the health system. That’s really good in the Netherlands. If you go to university, it’s only 1,500 Euros a year; it’s like $2,000. There’s a reason we have these high taxes, and not only do we get [deductions] straightaway in the states – we have to pay tax in the Netherlands. Of course, we have to pay our trainers and our management, as well. If we deposit here in the bank, it will take seven or eight weeks before we get the money. So for us, it’s way more convenient for us to have it done by the management, who will do all the tax stuff for us, and then we get the money… When I went to ADCC 2005, the management paid because they only gave me one ticket and one room, and they’ve paid for my trainer and the room. They never asked for that money back.”
— Marloes Coenen explaining to MMA Junkie why she prefers to have her Golden Glory management handle her paychecks
It’s a shame that Marloes Coenen got caught in the Golden Glory-Zuffa crossfire, but the way she sees it, her exit was probably inevitable anyhow. Coenen explains that she missed the pre-fight press conference because her shuttle van left early and they told her it wasn’t a big deal, she didn’t need to be at the press conference, which struck her as odd since she was a champion in the co-main event of the card. Coenen felt it was a sign that Zuffa really isn’t all that interested in promoting women’s MMA, something Dana White has said time and time again.
The unfortunate fact of the matter is she’s probably right. One by one, Strikeforce is losing all its top stars — Nick Diaz, Alistair Overeem, Fedor Emelianenko, Dan Henderson, Cris “Cyborg” Santos — and the future doesn’t look bright. It’s hard to believe that Zuffa will keep Strikeforce operational, at least in its current form, longer than necessary, and it’s clear that the UFC won’t be adding women’s divisions anytime soon.
As unfortunate as it was to see Coenen released, they may have done her a favor. She’ll get a head start over the other girls on the next chapter of her career. Where that will be remains to be seen, but word is ProElite is interested.
Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime
Update: Reed Harris denies Marloes Coenen was purposely left out of the press conference.
“I read what Marloes said,” Harris said. “I don’t know where they’re trying to go with this, but what she said is not what happened. We told everyone to be down there at 9:30. We don’t ever tell fighters to be there at 9:30 so we can leave at 10 because otherwise they’re all going to show up at 10. What we tell them is that if we tell you at 9:30, Burt (Watson) tells them 9:31 is late.
“We were down there, and the problem we had is that we had a bunch of people. We had Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler and Miesha Tate and Fedor (Emelianenko) and all these people, and we were driving about 40 minutes into the city. We had rented out Harry Caray’s famous restaurant – which was not cheap, by the way – to do the press conference. We had a huge crowd, and it went really well.
“At 9:30, she didn’t show up. At 9:35, she didn’t show up. Her crew told me she would be down in five minutes. At 9:40, she didn’t show up, and they told me it would be another five minutes. I went through that about three times. I walked back to the Suburban, and Fedor’s people are like, ‘Why are we sitting here? We were told we were leaving at 9:30.’ I’ve got six guys packed into a Suburban, so we left.”
Harris also says they are signing women fighters and trying to put together a meaningful women’s division, but it is a difficult task.