Tate Injured; Coenen Defends Against Carmouche March 5 in Columbus

By Mike Whitman Feb 23, 2011
Liz Carmouche (top) will now challenge Marloes Coenen on March 5. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Miesha Tate has suffered a knee injury in training and has withdrawn from her scheduled March 5 title bid against Strikeforce 135-pound women's champion Marloes Coenen.

Coenen will instead make her first title defense against two-time Strikeforce veteran Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce “Henderson vs. Feijao,” which goes down from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio and airs on Showtime.

Headlining the event will be the titular light heavyweight title bout pitting former two-division Pride champion Dan Henderson against current Strikeforce 205-pound king Rafael Cavalcante.

Also scheduled for the show is a middleweight attraction between former Strikeforce title challenger Tim Kennedy and hard-hitting Dutchman Melvin Manhoef, and a lightweight affair between Jorge Masvidal and Billy Evangelista.

Coenen comes in off of her title-winning performance last October, where she submitted champ Sarah Kaufman with a third-round armbar. Prior to that victory, the Golden standout was defeated in another championship endeavor, as the game but overmatched Coenen was stopped by Strikeforce's 145-pound titleholder Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos the previous January.

A 10-year veteran of the sport, the 29-year-old submission specialist has tapped out 13 of her 18 career victims.

A member of Team Hurricane Awesome and a former U.S. Marine, Carmouche is undefeated in her nascent MMA career at 5-0 after beginning her career just nine months ago.

After earning a unanimous decision over Colleen Schneider at Strikeforce Challengers 10 in August, “Girl-rilla” finished her next two foes, including Jan Finney in the Strikeforce cage in November.
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