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There are few fighters competing today, male or female, with a more impressive resume than . The former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion and current top-ranked Bellator featherweight is one of the few true pioneers of WMMA still competing today, having faced the likes of Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, Sarah Kaufman, and Liz Carmouche in her 16-year career.

Set to take on Julia Budd for the inaugural featherweight title at Bellator 174 next weekend, Coenen sat down with BloodyElbow's Eddie Mercado to discuss

Of course, Coenen being Dutch, the topic eventually turned to that of inaugural UFC women's featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie. While Coenen was quick to express her joy in GDR's big win at UFC 208, calling her "a really good ambassador" to MMA in the Netherlands, she also kept it real when discussing their (admittedly brief) history.

And according to Coenen, de Randamie doesn't want any part of her.

"We wanted to train together, but my then coach didn’t want me to do it, because he wanted me to fight her first," said Coenen. "He told me that her training center, or she didn’t want to fight me or something, and it never happened."

But how would a fight between GDR and Coenen go?

It’s me. To me, that’s a no brainer because she’s not well rounded like I am. I’ve seen her other fights in the UFC; she cannot grapple like I can. She is a more experienced Thai Boxer, but there’s a difference in MMA standup fighting and Thai Boxing fighting. So, to me that's a no brainer.

When asked why so many fighters (including de Randamie) seem to duck Cris Cyborg, Coenen offered another interesting take.

"I don’t think Germaine is afraid of Cyborg at all," she said.

"I don’t think that. I think she’s the better standup fighter, too. Cyborg fought a Thai boxing fight against Jorina Baars, Dutch Thai Boxing champion, and she lost. [But] all the women see her beat up other women within one round, and I just think they’re afraid for the pain.

On that issue, I guess Coenen and Cyborg will have to politely agree to disagree.


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