Itâ€™s not bizarre to think of a woman as lacking testicles. Quite the contrary, actually. That being said, when it comes to the notion unbeaten Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey doesnâ€™t have a set of proverbial Cajones â€“ not literal ones â€“ itâ€™s a different story.
Rousey has overcome a number of struggles in her personal and professional life, emerging this year as a legitimate star and widely-respected competitor. Of course, some of her actions have also drawn criticism including that of former Strikeforce title-holder Marloes Coenen.
Coenen was recently asked to give her thoughts on Rouseyâ€™s refusal to face Cristiane Santos at a heavier weight and said the mindset showed a lack of courage on the Olympic judokaâ€™s part.
â€œShe is a great grappler. The way she took out Sarah Kaufman was amazing and so unexpected to me. But she does lack balls,â€ offered Coenen in an honest admission to Punch Drunk Gamer. â€œShe judoâ€™d at 154 pounds, entered Strikeforce at 145 pounds and when she had to fight Cris Cyborg she dropped to 135 pounds.â€
While Coenen may not respect Rouseyâ€™s decision, she definitely appreciates the way â€œRowdy Rondaâ€ markets herself and brings attention on the female side of MMA.
â€œHaving said all this, career wise it was really smart of her and she deserves a masters in PR,â€ said Coenen, referring to Rouseyâ€™s success at bantamweight rather than featherweight where she started (and Santos competes). â€œShe doesnâ€™t care how she gets there, as long as she gets there. And sheâ€™s successful at it.â€
Coenen is currently signed to Invicta FC though clearly Rousey may put out a call for her to come over to Strikeforce given the Dutch grapplerâ€™s championship credentials and aforementioned commentary. The 20-5 Coenen is coming off a decision win over Romy Ruyssen and has racked up other past victories over the likes of Kaufman, Roxanne Modafferi, and Liz Carmouche.
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