Marloes Coenen is a professional mixed martial artist from the Netherlands. Born (1981) and raised in Olst she had a normal childhood. Things started to change when she had to go to a new school at the age of 12. Her friends went to different educations and schedules didn’t match anymore. The result; Marloes often had to cycle to school by herself. It didn’t helped that it was for a big part through a forrest. After quitting tennis and volleybal Marloes decided (with the daily trips through the forrest in her mind) to learn how to defend herself.
She found a teacher in a nearby village (Diepenveen) in the person of Martijn de Jong. He started his classes in Brazilian jiu jitsu just a month before. Her trainer was an active martial artist with a background in karate and jiu jitsu. Soon he started “free fighting” (the former Dutch name for MMA) in Holland and abroad. When he fought in Japan the people of the Japanese MMA organisation called Shooto were impressed by the Dutchman and asked him to become the president of Shooto Europe. In May 1999 the first amateur Shooto event was held in Deventer, the Netherlands. Marloes was asked to perform. She won her first fight within 20 seconds.
Later on she fought an other fight in the Netherlands and that was it. Marloes began studing Arts and Culture Sciences at the Erasmus Uiversity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After 2 months in school she came back to her parents house for the weekend. Her mother was in panic and told her that she was asked to fight in Japan. But that they could not reach her and that it was maybe too late (this was before the mobile phone era). Within minutes the phone rang again and Marloes picked up. She had to decide instantly if she wanted to fight or not. Her answer was a big “Yes!”. Before she knew she was on the plain heading for Tokyo, Japan.
The fight was against Yuuki Kondo (who later on became a good friend of her) for the organisation L1. Marloes was asked as a replacement for an other fighter who cancelled. She won on an armbar. Marloes was happy to be in Japan and went back home, to school again. Little did she know that her impressive win jump started her carreer. Within a week she was asked to come back and fight in Remix; again as a replacement for an other fighter. Marloes declined. She was sick and tired from the trip and she still had not found a home in Rotterdam. Which meant she had to travel a lot during the week and could not get a proper rest to recover.
Martijn, her trainer, convinced her to go anyway. So Marloes headed of to Tokyo again…and won the tournament! After winning the Remix world title she quit university convinced that her MMA career took off. It looked like that in the beginning, but after two years Marloes went back to school again for a study Communications. She started working for a software comapny and later on for a internet agency both based in Amsterdam. Shortly atfter starting her study Communications she got glandular fever. She took in too lightly and that resulted in being sick for many years, years in which she kept on training and fighting refusing to listening to her body..
After first singing with Elite XC (which failed bankrupt before Marloes could make her debut) it was the San Jose based organisation who introduced her to the American audience. Marloes made her debut on the 7th of November 2009 on the “Fedor vs Rogers”fight card: