Modafferi-Coenen Set for Nov. 7 Strikeforce

By Loretta Hunt Oct 29, 2009
Roxanne Modafferi and Marloes Coenen will meet in a 145-pound women’s bout at Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” on Nov. 7 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., outside Chicago, the promotion confirmed Thursday.

Modafferi will replace an injured Erin Toughill on 10-day’s notice. Toughill withdrew from the bout Wednesday due to “medical reasons.”

MMAWeekly.com was the first to report about the late replacement bout, which will be a rematch of the pair’s K-Grace 1 fight in Japan in May 2007. Both women fought three times that night in a tournament format, while Modafferi earned a split decision against Coenen after two three-minute rounds in the finals.

A product of Holland’s Golden Glory team, Coenen has been a staple of Japan’s women’s MMA scene since 2000 and has 16 career wins. Coenen, 28, lost a unanimous decision to Cindy Dandois at BOTE “Beast of the East” in Holland last January.

Modafferi, 27, a Delaware native, has studied MMA abroad in Japan for the last few years. She capped off a six-fight win streak with a unanimous decision victory against Chisa Yonezawa at GCM “Valkyrie 1” in November 2008.

The undercard bout is still expected to get airtime, if time permits, during CBS’s live telecast of the event starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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