Marloes Coenen’s return to the Bellator cage is set.
Combat Press has learned from sources close to the situation that the former Strikeforce champion and Invicta FC title challenger is slated to meet Australian fighter Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 141 on Friday, Aug. 28, in Temecula, Calif.
The 34-year-old Coenen made her Bellator debut at Bellator 130 in October. The Dutchwoman defeated Italy’s Annalisa Bucci with a third-round rear-naked choke. The veteran combatant has won three of her last four dating back to 2011. Her lone defeat came at the hands of current Invicta champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.
Australia’s Blencowe impressed in her first fight under the Bellator banner when she dispatched of Adrienna Jenkins in the first round of their Bellator 137 match-up. A former WIBA super lightweight and WBF women’s welterweight champion, Blencowe rides a four-fight winning-streak leading into the bout with Coenen. The bout will mark Blencowe’s 11th bout in MMA, with her last four fights all ending inside the distance. The 32-year-old hold a knockout win over recent Invicta title challenger Faith Van Duin.
Bellator 141 will take place Friday, Aug. 28, from the Pechanga Resort and Casino. The night’s main card will air live on Spike TV following a preliminary card stream on Spike.com. In the night’s main event, lightweight Melvin Guillard makes his promotional debut against Brandon Girtz. Also slated for the event is a lightweight bout between Brazilian Patricky Freire and Saad Awad, as well as a heavyweight contest between Raphael Butler and Lorenzo Hood. More bouts for the event are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.