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5 Oz. Exclusive: EliteXC further bolsters female division with the signings of Coenen, Kaufman, and Hashi

Already boasting a deep roster of female fighters, Los Angeles-based Elite Xtreme Combat recently added more depth with the signings of Marloes Coenen, Sarah Kaufman, and Takayo Hashi to multi-fight contracts. learned of the signings after speaking with EliteXC head of Fighter Operations Jeremy Lappen on Friday afternoon.

Debut dates for the fighters are not yet known but if they can’t be scheduled for a card by the end of the year, all are expected to have made their debut for the promotion by early-2009.

Coenen is a Dutch fighter who at one time was considered by some pundits as the top pound-for-pound female in the world. While her stature has decreased slightly in recent years, she is still recognized as a top ten by many in the industry.

A talented striker who has improved her submission game, Coenen is 15-2, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, with her only losses coming to Roxanne Modaferri and Erin Toughill. She has recorded notable wins over Yoko Takahasi, Keiko Tamai, Megumi Yabushita, and Yuuki Kondo.

Competing in the same division as top fighters such as Cris Cyborg, Gina Carano, Shayna Baszler, and Kaitlin Young, Coenen could get a chance to prove she’s number one again but this time in front of a much larger audience.

Kaufman, a Canadian, is 7-0 in her professional mixed martial arts career with all seven of her wins coming via TKO. Her record and the manner in which she has recorded her victories have earned her a reputation of being one of the heaviest hitting females on the planet.

Kaufman’s last two fights took place for the now-defunct Hardcore Championship Fighting where she recorded second round TKOs over veteran Molly Helsel and Josh Barnett-protege Ginele Marquez.

Hashi has competed primarily in Japan for the Smackgirl and DEEP promotions. She improved her record to 11-1 after recording a unanimous decision victory over Amanda Buckner during a Fatal Femmes Fighting show in Los Angeles this past April.

(Pictured: Sarah Kaufman)

  • platypus says:

    female mma is kool. I hope elite doesnt go under..bodog went under just as they were really pushing female mma unfortunately, id like to see them have a stable place in an organization.

  • laserline says:

    I train out of Zuma’s gym in Victoria BC where Sarah Kaufman started training and I think she still has ties there.. saw her fight Ginele live.. she’s a beast and would give Carano or even Cyborg fits on the feet.. she hits extremely hard.

  • Nick says:


    someone needed to sign kaufman, she is an awesome fighter….congrats to her and the rest of the ladies, women’s mma is very exciting!

  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    I really hope Dana White changes his mind and a solid women’s division is added to WEC after Elite tanks.

  • Joseph says:

    Wow! Great signings for the female divisions Sam.

    What about EliteXC signing Mamed Khalidov.
    Thats a pretty huge signing. Any news on that?

  • AJB says:

    laserline: If by “connections” you mean “is coaching and training there six days a week”, you’re right.

  • Dr. Stoppage says:

    I’ve fought many times in Victoria B.C.,in elementary school,high school ,against my brothers…born and raised there.
    My fight record sucks big time though.
    Anyways,good news about Sarah Kaufman.
    I hope Elite XC lasts at least long enough for her to get some good exposure.

  • defshepard says:

    Bigtime congrats to all the fighting women who have signed with EliteXC. I am really glad for Sarah Kaufman. I want to see more of her in the futrue. I just hope EliteXC is around long enough to showcase her fighting skills. It would be a shame if EliteXC suffered the same fate as Bodog did.

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  • polimorfos says:

    Just watched some of Sarah Kaufman’s fights. She seems like a great matchup for Cyborg!

  • Shaun says:

    that’s elite xc’s only way to get fans. have divisions that no one else has like the women’s. how do you think the WEC made it even though their owned bu Zuffa?

  • Fallen0ne says:

    Really excited to hear Sarah Kaufman got signed, she’s ferocious and I can’t wait to see her in action again.

  • Bradyn Muska-Gray says:

    I’d be training at ZUMA right now if my car hadn’t been torched, unfortunately, but this is pretty sweet news.

    Thanks for reporting that. I’ve been waiting on news of Sarah’s inevitable signing for quite some time now… and I was tired of asking her to her face, frankly. 😛

    Sarah is going to be involved in some fantastic female matchups now. Kudos to EliteXC whatever state they’re in for continually pushing female Mixed Martial Arts.


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