Marloes Coenen Cleared, Romy Ruyssen Heavy for Invicta FC 1 Headliner

By Mike Whitman Apr 27, 2012

Invicta Fighting Championships headliner Romy Ruyssen came in heavy at Friday’s weigh-ins ahead of her scheduled featherweight main event against Marloes Coenen.

Ruyssen initially checked in at 150.4 pounds ahead of her rematch with Coenen, who tipped the scales at 146 even. On her second attempt, Ruyssen weighed 149.8 pounds, forfeiting 25 percent of her fight purse as a result. The all-female event takes place Saturday night at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and streams live on starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT..

The headliners first met in August 2008, with Coenen submitting the French fighter via rear-naked choke in the second round. Since their initial encounter, Coenen has posted a 4-3 record, winning the Strikeforce 135-pound title from Sarah Kaufman in October 2010 before relinquishing the belt to Miesha Tate in her last in-cage appearance this past July.

Nine years younger than her foe, Ruyssen, 22, fought the future world champion in just her second pro fight. Following that defeat to Coenen, Ruyssen rattled off four consecutive submissions, most recently finishing Florence Berthe with with a guillotine choke on Nov. 26.

In the evening’s co-main event, Jessica Penne (105.6) will lock horns with fellow Bellator vet Lisa Ellis (106) in an atomweight attraction. A trio of scheduled bantamweight contests will also be decided on Saturday night, as Liz Carmouche (134.2), Kaitlin Young (135.4) and Sarah D’Alelio (135.2) square off with Ashleigh Curry (137.2), Leslie Smith (135) and Vanessa Mariscal (136), respectively.

Also of note, 2008 Olympic freestyle wrestling bronze medalist Randi Miller (149.8) will make her MMA debut against Mollie Estes (145), while kickboxing stylist Michele Gutierrez (125) faces Sarah Maloy (125.4) in a flyweight showdown.

Invicta FC 1 Weigh-In Results:

Marloes Coenen (146) vs. Romy Ruyssen (149.8)*
Jessica Penne (105.6) vs. Lisa Ellis (106)
Liz Carmouche (134.2) vs. Ashleigh Curry (136)**
Kaitlin Young (135.4) vs. Leslie Smith (135)
Sarah D’Alelio (135.2) vs. Vanessa Mariscal (136)
Sally Krumdiack (113.6) vs. Sarah Schneider (115.6)
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.4) vs. Amy Davis (105.6)
Michele Gutierrez (125) vs. Sarah Maloy (125.4)
Randi Miller (149)* vs. Mollie Estes (145)
Ashley Cummins (115) vs. Sofia Bagherdai (120.6)*
Cassie Rodish (105.2) vs. Meghan Wright (103.5)

*Ruyssen, Miller and Bagherdai forfeit 25 percent of their respective purses for missing weight on their first and second attempts.
**Curry forfeits 10 percent of her purse for missing weight (137.2) on her first attempt
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