http://mmajunkie.com/news/15868/mee...enen-could-be-cyborgs-first-test-as-champ.mma Meet Marloes: Dutch fighter Coenen could be "Cyborg's" first test as Strikeforce champ by John Morgan on Aug 16, 2009 at 9:05 am ET SAN JOSE, Calif. – Immediately following the biggest win of her career, the question for Strikeforce's first-ever female lightweight champion, Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (8-1), was evident. Who's next? A potential answer for that question came at the "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" post-fight press conference at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday night, as a Dutch fighter standing alone in the back of the room suddenly had everyone's attention. During the conference, Coker pointed out veteran Marloes Coenen (16-3) as a new addition to the Strikeforce roster, and the 28-year-old fighter later explained what she was doing in San Jose. "I came in as a stand-in ... if [Santos or Gina Carano] couldn't make weight because they've got a history of not making weight," Coenen told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "So I made weight on Friday, too. But then they did make weight, so now I'm here to meet people." Coenen explained that she had not finalized a contract beyond the one-fight, late-replacement scenario, but she seemed excited to do so. "We haven't worked it out yet," Coenen said. "I'm hoping we can work out a contract. It's just lacking a few details." A near-nine-year veteran of the sport, 14 of Coenen's 16 wins have come by stoppage, including 11 by submission. Coker seemed uncertain of Coenen's next step with the company when first discussing his newest signing. "Marloes Coenen is the real deal," Coker said. "Can you imagine her and 'Cyborg' in a fight? ... [Coenen] might be fighting Cristiane 'Cyborg' next, or she might go in the tournament." As Coker went on to explain the potential tournament format, he seemed a bit more sure of Coenen's status as an immediate contender. "The vision is really to have an eight-fighter tournament," Coenen said. "We'd reduce it to four (fighters), and then the last four would fight twice in one night. We'd get one champion, and then the champion would fight 'Cyborg.' "But in the meantime, as this thing is going forward, I think [Santos] is going to want to fight again. I think Marloes Coenen will probably be the girl we put in there." While Coenen admitted she was impressed by Santos' win over Carano – referring to the Brazilian as "a powerhouse with hard punching and striking" – the Dutch fighter said she wouldn't hesitate to accept the fight. And why would she? The two were scheduled to fight in February in Canada's XMMA organization, but an injury suffered by Santos in a timeframe some might say was suspiciously close to her signing with Strikeforce forced the new champ out of the fight. "I should have fought her before in Canada in XMMA, but she had this injury," Coenen said with a wry smile. "I'm really looking forward to fighting her." But regardless of whether Coenen gets first crack at Santos or must make her way through a tournament format, the new recruit says she's ready. "I'm humble," Coenen said. "I will do whatever I have to do. I've done a lot of tournaments, so I've got experience in that." Astute observers will recall Coenen was not Strikeforce's first choice as a backup plan for any potential weight issues. That honor fell to Erin Toughill (10-2-1), who was visibly absent from the event. Coker said despite reports of trouble between the organization and Toughill, she's still welcome to compete for Strikeforce. "Erin Toughill will be welcomed back to Strikeforce," Coker said. "There was a breakdown in communication, maybe some management issues, maybe me because I was in Italy sitting on the beach in my Speedo or whatever. But she'll be welcome back." As for the new champ, Santos seemed indifferent to finding out who would next face her in the cage. "I'm going to be the same in every fight," Santos said. "I'm going for the knockout every fight, so it doesn't matter who the opponent is. I'm going to fight in the same way."