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Welcome Home Champ – The Boys and the Band Turn Out for Marloes Coenen

Three G’s doesn’t sound like a load of cash for taking the Strikeforce women’s welterweight championship belt from Sarah Kaufman, but certain other laurels came with the Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen’s win.

On her return to Amsterdam, Coenen disembarked at Schipol Airport to the adulation of  her friends, family and some Golden Glory teammates – a cast which included Alistair Overeem. The group showered her with flowers and champagne, provided a  limousine for the ride home, and lined up a marching band to welcome her back.

Coenen went into the fight an underdog and came out a hero. That’s what makes people fight, and Coenen was clearly moved by the gesture.

Kaufman, after some initial peevishness about the way the fight ended, was somewhat gracious in defeat:

“I wanted to say congratulations to Marloes for taking the Strikeforce title from me. I haven’t had a chance to watch the fight – but I’m obviously not happy with my performance. For the most part I fought the opposite of how my coach, Adam Zugec, has me train,” Kaufman said. “I don’t really know what I was thinking. After the fight, I was distressed that I tapped and vocally said tap yet when the ref stepped in the armbar was still being applied; however, the best option for that would be to not get stuck in an armbar – or at least defend it properly.”

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