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5 Oz. Exclusive: EliteXC further bolsters female division with the signings of Coenen, Kaufman, and Hashi

Already boasting a deep roster of female fighters, Los Angeles-based Elite Xtreme Combat recently added more depth with the signings of Marloes Coenen, Sarah Kaufman, and Takayo Hashi to multi-fight contracts. learned of the signings after speaking with EliteXC head of Fighter Operations Jeremy Lappen on Friday afternoon.

Debut dates for the fighters are not yet known but if they can’t be scheduled for a card by the end of the year, all are expected to have made their debut for the promotion by early-2009.

Coenen is a Dutch fighter who at one time was considered by some pundits as the top pound-for-pound female in the world. While her stature has decreased slightly in recent years, she is still recognized as a top ten by many in the industry.

A talented striker who has improved her submission game, Coenen is 15-2, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, with her only losses coming to Roxanne Modaferri and Erin Toughill. She has recorded notable wins over Yoko Takahasi, Keiko Tamai, Megumi Yabushita, and Yuuki Kondo.

Competing in the same division as top fighters such as Cris Cyborg, Gina Carano, Shayna Baszler, and Kaitlin Young, Coenen could get a chance to prove she’s number one again but this time in front of a much larger audience.

Kaufman, a Canadian, is 7-0 in her professional mixed martial arts career with all seven of her wins coming via TKO. Her record and the manner in which she has recorded her victories have earned her a reputation of being one of the heaviest hitting females on the planet.

Kaufman’s last two fights took place for the now-defunct Hardcore Championship Fighting where she recorded second round TKOs over veteran Molly Helsel and Josh Barnett-protege Ginele Marquez.

Hashi has competed primarily in Japan for the Smackgirl and DEEP promotions. She improved her record to 11-1 after recording a unanimous decision victory over Amanda Buckner during a Fatal Femmes Fighting show in Los Angeles this past April.

(Pictured: Sarah Kaufman)