Tomorrow night Invicta FC puts on another show and up for grabs, its inaugural featherweight belt. The two fighters who will be contesting for it are Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and Marloes "Rumina" Coenen.
Both can fight on either their feet or the ground, but this really is a battle of stand-up skills vs. ground-fighting skills.
11 & 1 Santos is a Muay Thai fighter and BJJ brown belt and is known for KO’ing her opponents. Of her 11 victories, 9 have been way of KO and she has 0 submissions. Simply put, Cyborg likes to keep it on the feet and beat-up her opponents.
Rumina on the other hand, has a record of 21 & 5 with most of her wins (15) coming by way of submission and with only 3 KOs’ to her name. The Dutch BJJ champion, black belt and ADCC bronze medalist is really all about 1 thing and that’s submitting her opponents.
In a straight-up comparisons Cyborg has a huge advantage on the feet and Rumina, a huge advantage on the ground.
The difference in their fight tomorrow night could well be the same difference that was in their last fight bout (2010), which was wrestling. When last they squared off for the Strikeforce featherweight title, Santos was simply too strong and too much for Coenen; inevitably overpowering her in the 3rd by way of TKO on the ground.
However and that said, Coenen proved to be up for the task over the first two rounds and with 3 years in the interim, she may well have closed the ground in the wrestling and strength departments. I’d also say of Rumina, that he striking is considerably better than she’s given credit for.
All in all, this should be a very competitive and exciting match tomorrow night. There is no doubt that these two fighters can bang and will bang. Personally, I believe Santos has enough strength, wrestling and BJJ, that she should be able to nullify Rumina’s ground advantages. So, the question will become, has Coenen developed better wrestling and stand-up to counter Cyborg’s stand-up advantages?
My guess is that Santos will exit the ring with the victory and the featherweight belt and that there will be an even greater call within the MMA world to see a Rousey / Santos match. Sadly, with the management style and skill of Tito Ortiz behind Cyborg, who knows if that may ever happen? As we all know, Tito turned down a deal with the UFC that would have seen Cyborg signed to the promotion, but allowed to fight in Invicta and do so, until the UFC could establish a women’s 145 pound division. As Dana White said of Tito’s turning down the deal “it makes no sense”.
Invicta FC 6 goes off tomorrow July 13, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri. You can catch it on PPV or on Ustream, beginning at 9 PM EST and at the reasonable price of $14.95 (US).