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The Wiseman Report – Alexis Dufresne upsets Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155

The women were in action at Bellator’s 155 card in the Potato State Friday May 20th and there was a surprise result in the featherweight division.

Alexis Dufresne (6-2-0), who was substituting for the injured Julia Budd, defeated Dutch star Marloes Coenen (23-7-0) via a nifty first round triangle armbar submission.

Coenen was on her back for most of the first half of the fight, trying to look for submissions. She reversed the position with about two minutes left in the round, but got caught late.

Dufresne’s win may throw a bit of a wrench into the plans to have Coenen and Budd for the title. Does Coenen deserve to still be in the title fight? I think Dufresne has earned the right to take her place. But, let’s see what happens.

Meanwhile, Veta Arteaga took a unanimous decision win over Jackie Vandenburgh in a featherweight contest.

Former UFC womens bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-1-0) returns at UFC on FOX 20 to face rising star and #9-ranked Valentina Shevchenko (12-2-0) July 23rd at the United Centre in Chicago.

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Looking ahead to next week’s UFC Fight Night 88, #6 Sara McMann (8-3-0) takes on #7 Jessica Eye (11-4-0, 1NC).  Physically, they’re pretty much identical but Eye mainly relies on striking, while McMann uses her wrestling as an Olympic silver medalist.

Eye will likely want to keep the fight standing or put McMann on her back, while McMann will want to take the starch out of Eye with her wrestling and her power strikes. One of them broke Miesha Tate’s orbital bone, so Eye will be on the lookout (no pun intended) for that.

At stake is a top-5 ranking and spot in the title shot conversation mix. Good luck to both ladies.


Cassandra Durant – @CassandraDurant

Maureen Riordon – @Babyfacemma

Sarah Kaufman – @mmasarah

See you next week!


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