Its official. Cris “Cyborg” Santos (8-1 MMA, 2-0 SF) will return to action and defend her 145-pound Strikeforce Women’s Championship against Dutch submission specialist, Marloes Coenen (17-3 MMA, 1-0 SF), at Strikeforce: “Miami” in Sunrise, Florida on January 30, 2010.
Cyborg vs Coenen will serve as co-main event to Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis, as they battle for vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship. This event will air on Showtime and be the promotions first major event of 2010. (Strikeforce and Showtime will also present a Challengers Series event on the 22nd)
Cyborg earned her 145-pound title with the first-round demolition of Gina Carano, in August at Strikeforce: “Carano vs Cyborg.” She was scheduled to fight Coenen for her first title defense at last month’s Strikeforce: “Fedor vs Rogers” event, but a shoulder injury forced her off the fight card. Coenen went on to defeat Roxanne Modafferi, who was a late replacement for injured Erin Toughill, with an armbar submission victory.
When asked about her game plan against the seemingly unbeatable Cyborg, Coenen answered, “everybody has a flaw in their game. And I’ve seen flaws in (Cyborg’s) game.”