First Cris Cyborg vs. Marloes Coenen staredown pic for Invicta 6 rematch on July 13 in Kansas City

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Three years ago, Marloes Coenen was beaten down by Cris Cyborg under the Strikeforce banner. Can she stop history from repeating itself when they do a second dance for Invicta FC this July?


Marloes Coenen, who was pounded out by Cris Cyborg at Strikeforce: "Miami" back in 2010, will get a chance to avenge that loss -- as well as lay claim to the 145-pound title -- in the main event of Invicta 6, scheduled for July 13, 2013 from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

A lot has changed since then.

Coenen (21-5) changed weight classes following her loss to the Brazilian bomber, dropping to bantamweight and submitting Sarah Kaufman to claim the Strikeforce 135-pound strap. She would go on to defend the gold against Liz Carmouche, but coughed it up to Miesha Tate in July 2011.

Since being iced by "Cupcake," the Golden Girl of Team Golden Glory is 2-0 with wins over Romy Ruyssen and Fiona Muxlow, who not coincidentally, was recently turned inside out by Cyborg at Invicta FC 5 last month in Kansas City (re-watch it here).

Cyborg is back ... but is she better than ever?

It was a long and rocky road back into the cage for the embattled Brazilian, who was popped for performance enhancing drugs in the wake of her slaughter against Hiroko Yamanaka. The win cost her the Strikeforce strap and she's since been forced to endure a public and messy Twitter war opposite UFC queenpin Ronda Rousey.

That appears to be water under the bridge, at least for now (thanks to this), but expect things to heat up again if and when she can skate past "Rumina" this summer.

Stay tuned.

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