FWW: Marloes, congratulations on your most recent win as well as becoming the new Strikeforce women's Welterweight Champion. Marloes, clearly being the Welterweight Champion brings with it added responsibility as it relates to marketing and promotion for Strikeforce as well as your role of being an ambassador in general for MMA and specifically for women’s MMA. Talk to us a little about what kinds of demands if any on your time has that presented.
Marloes Coenen: First of all, thank you Chris. Second, to me it doesn’t feel like a responsibility. My goal is, besides staying a champion, to motivate and inspire other women to empower themselves. As I believe that no one can do it for you, you’ll have to do it yourself. Growing up I had a lot of male role models in the martial arts scene. There was one woman that was really inspiring to me, “Lucia Rijker”. She was feminine, hard core, broke boundaries and as I found out in January (Miami), she is a genuine nice person. I do not know if I can inspire other women as Lucia has inspired me, but I truly hope so.
FWW: Taking all of it into consideration; how has this or how do you see this impacting your training? Adding to the mix that you now have the proverbial bull’s eye on your back with all fighters in your division looking for your belt.
Marloes Coenen: Nah, training is what makes me happy. So it is business as usual. I feel so good now I finally can focus on training and do not have to do office work anymore. That consumes so much energy, haha! And 10 years ago I became for the 1st time a world champion, then I was much younger and the impact was mentally really big for me. Nowadays I can handle it very well because it is a dream which came true. No one can take this away from me.
FWW: What are your thoughts on your next opponent? Are you looking to do a rematch right away with Sarah or would you prefer her to have another fight or two before stepping back in the cage with you? If so, who ideally would you like to fight? Do you have your eyes set on fighting Gina Carano when she comes back to Strikeforce or do you immediately want to avenge the loss to Cyborg?
Marloes Coenen: Scott Coker decides who I fight; it is as simple as that. Fighting at 135 lbs I can take on everyone. I would like to defend my title a few times. Fight a fight or two at 145 lbs and then meet Cyborg in the cage again. I do not think that Gina is...Read More here: http://www.fightswewant.com/blog.cfm?feature=1491310&postid=556960