Bellator continues to rededicate itself to the women’s divisions.
Combat Press broke the news Friday Marloes Coenen versus Arlene Blencowe is in the works for Bellator 141 in Temecula, California August 28th. Blencowe confirmed the match on twitter. The match will air on Spike TV.
Coenen (22-6) won her Bellator debut against Italy’s Annalisa Bucci last October by submission. She has won three out of her last four.
Blencowe (6-4) won four straight including a win over InvictaFC fighter Faith Van Duin. The former boxing champ won her promotional debut, getting a first round TKO over MMA vet Adrienna Jenkins in May.
Bellator announced this week they have sign kickboxing star Kari Anne Melendez.
Melendez started her kickboxing career in 2004 and went 4-1 as an amateur before turning pro and defeating then surging Jeri Seitz. She would take a break in 2010 to raise her daughter with UFC fighter Gilbert Melendez. She would return to action in 2012.
Melendez will take her first ever MMA fight at Bellator in 2017, but before then she will be fighting at the Bellator/Glory mega event in kickboxing against a yet to be named opponent.
Should be noted Melendez fights usually at 125 and no word on what weight she will be fighting at ultimately for MMA as of yet. This could be the beginning of a new weight class for Bellator.