Marloes Coenen will no longer be fighting at Bellator 163.
Scheduled to take place Friday, Nov. 4 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Coenen was pulled off the card after rejecting a catchweight fight with her opponent Talita Nogueira. The Brazilian fighter would have stepped on the scale 5.5 pounds over the 146-pound featherweight limit, though she never actually weighed in. MMA Fighting reported Nogueira’s weight after being informed by Director of Athletic Regulation for the Mohegan Tribe Mike Mazulli.
Had she accepted, this would have marked the second straight time Coenen would have fought an overweight opponent. She took on Alexis Dufresne, who came in four pounds overweight as a short-notice replacement to Julia Budd, at Bellator 155 in May. Dufresne won that bout, submitting Coenen — a -720 favorite — by first-round armbar.
“My opponent came in 20 [pounds] over; cut 15 — props for that — but couldn’t make the last 5.6 [pounds],” Coenen wrote in a post on Twitter. “MMA gods are messing with me.”
Coenen stepped on the scales at 146 pounds. There’s no word on whether she’ll be rescheduled to fight soon, or if Bellator will offer Coenen her show or win money.
“Rumina” is 3-2 in her last five contests, winning back-to-back fights against Annalisa Bucci and Arlene Blencowe via submission under the Bellator banner. Prior to her recent victory to Blencowe, Coenen hadn’t lost since dropping a fourth-round TKO to Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino — the second time in her pro career that she’s suffered a technical knockout defeat to “Cyborg.”