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Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen thanking fans for their support. As tweeted by Martijn de Jong.

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Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen thanking fans for their support. As tweeted by Martijn de Jong.

Golden Glory trainer Martijn de Jong posted this little thank you card from former Strikeforce...

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Golden Glory trainer Martijn de Jong posted this little thank you card from former Strikeforce fighters Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen, thanking fans for their support. Be sure to keep checking in with Bloody Elbow for updates to the Golden Glory story.

Marloes Coenen tweets, "After all what happenend the past week..finally some fun. Water fun! :)"

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Marloes Coenen tweets, "After all what happenend the past week..finally some fun. Water fun! :)"

Marloes Coenen Discusses Post-Strikeforce Plans, Future | MMARising.com

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'Fans and insiders alike, feeling that Coenen may be the one to lead a charge for female fights in a new promotion, are awaiting a decision on where she may end up next. It is not something that Coenen takes lightly. "Several people have reached out with offers, but we are going to wait and see first how everything will develop and continue from now," she tells MMARising.com. "I have a break now and want to do some thinking. After I’m done and back in the Netherlands, I’ll be training again and I’ll be ready to fight soon. I want to be with a promotion that really appreciates female fighters. I think that that is most important. I think that the next promotion that I end up with might be the next big platform for women [in MMA], so I am going to really think about what I’m going to do because I think that it is a very important next step." As Coenen notes, she is not new to MMA and understands how the sport works. First making her pro debut nearly 11 years ago as a 19-year-old, Coenen (now 19-5-0) understands that there will be a new generation of female fighters that comes after her and she knows that women are looking to her to potentially lead the way. She also believes that a key to the growth of female fights in MMA comes in improving the sport’s marketability and better relating to women who are watching at home. "I understand that, after me, there will be a new generation," she says. "I want that next generation to be good. I want women to look at fighters like Gina, Cyborg, Liz Carmouche, Sarah Kaufman and me, and see that we are just normal girls. I want them to see that they have power in themselves and can relate to us. If we can do this, so can they. I think that we’re beginning the next [chapter] in women’s fighting, and my goal is that MMA will be accepted as a mainstream sport. "I think that a lot of people view MMA as really aggressive and not really a family sport," Coenen adds. "If you see a man [fighting] and it’s really tough and aggressive, it’s not really a family thing. If even women can do the sport, it takes some of the aggression out of the image of MMA, and if that happens, all of a sudden it becomes more of a family event to watch. I really do think that it will also become mainstream that way. "I think that there are good organisations out there and there is room for even more. Spike TV really increased the popularity of the UFC, and I think that it is really important to have that platform on television. Once you have that, people will get to know the fighters better. Just like with The Ultimate Fighter shows, and how Zuffa creates a lot of buzz for their fighters. Women need to have a good platform and be [marketed] as humans that people who are watching can relate to." Coenen had hoped that Zuffa management would take note of this following the recent acquisition of Strikeforce, a leading promoter of female fights on television. However, following her release, Coenen believes that an opportunity to promote and develop women’s divisions under the Zuffa banner may have passed by for now. "Zuffa are really intelligent businessmen, and I had hoped that they would see this opportunity and take it. Cutting me shows how they look at [women] fighting and it seems like a missed opportunity for them."' Click the link to read more

Awww. Poor Marloes :(

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Awww. Poor Marloes :(

Doesnt feel right that champ @MarloesCoenen, fight of the night fighter @JohnEinemo and my brother...

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Doesnt feel right that champ @MarloesCoenen, fight of the night fighter @JohnEinemo and my brother @ValyOvereem are cut from Zuffa.

Alistair Overeem (Alistairovereem) on Twitter

You're Fired! Golden Glory Fighters Cut From Strikeforce and UFC

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Following the release of Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, multiple members of the Golden Glory camp have been released from Strikeforce and the UFC, including a former champion.

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