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Cristiane Santos

Strikeforce women’s lightweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped a game but overmatched Marloes Coenen in the third round of their title match, as she defended her crown for the first time.

Santos was in command throughout the bout, stopping all of her opponent’s takedowns and negating her perceived grappling advantage.

Coenen told reporters she would be more than happy to stand and trade with the champion, and she lived up to her promise. She delivered a number of clean, crisp punches, including a number of lead left hands, but Santos walked right through them. The difference in physicality and punching power was the deciding factor in the fight.

Santos employed a powerful striking game, on the feet and on the ground, and eventually wore down Coenen. The end came in the third round, when Santos took up dominant position after a weary Coenen pulled guard. She pounded away with punches until referee Jorge Ortiz rescued the Dutch fighter. The end came 3 minutes, 40 seconds into the first round.

“I’m very happy,” Santos said. “I prepared myself very much. I trained a lot.”

Santos admitted Coenen was probably her toughest test to date.

from:  http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/mma/news/story?id=4873316

Marloes Coenen was born on March 31st, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marloes_Coenen

March 31st

3 + 31 +2+0+0+9 = 45 = her personal year (from March 31st, 2009 to March 30th, 2010) = Intensity.  Focus.  Concentration.  Dharana.  Depth.  Profound.  Toughness.

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