Not content to just post her paycheck on the internet to refute Dana White’s claims that Zuffa cut Golden Glory fighters over pay particularities, Marloes Coenen is now suggesting she knew something was up when a shuttle to a Strikeforce press conference left without her:
She felt something was wrong even before that when she was supposed to attend the event’s pre-fight press conference. She was told to report to the fighter hotel’s lobby at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. shuttle to the media gathering. When she showed up at 9:55, the van had already left.
“We wanted to go with somebody else, and they said, ‘No, no, you don’t have to come any more. It’s already done and you can stay [at the hotel],'” Coenen said. “Really weird to me, because you don’t leave the champion out of the press conference. If you say you will leave at 10 o’clock, you won’t leave at 9:55. That happened throughout the entire week, that kind of stuff.
“It was the fifth time I fought for Strikeforce, and it was the first time I missed a press conference. I’ve never missed anything for Strikeforce or things I had to do for the media.”
Enter Reed Harris, formerly The Man in the WEC, to deny her version of the tale:
Harris, who was actually driving the vehicle Coenen was expected to take from her Hoffman Estates hotel to the downtown Chicago press conference, said her recounting of the situation wasn’t exactly accurate.
“I read what Marloes said,” Harris said. “I don’t know where they’re trying to go with this, but what she said is not what happened. We told everyone to be down there at 9:30. We don’t ever tell fighters to be there at 9:30 so we can leave at 10 because otherwise they’re all going to show up at 10. What we tell them is that if we tell you at 9:30, Burt (Watson) tells them 9:31 is late.
“We were down there, and the problem we had is that we had a bunch of people. We had Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler and Miesha Tate and Fedor (Emelianenko) and all these people, and we were driving about 40 minutes into the city. We had rented out Harry Caray’s famous restaurant – which was not cheap, by the way – to do the press conference. We had a huge crowd, and it went really well.
“At 9:30, she didn’t show up. At 9:35, she didn’t show up. Her crew told me she would be down in five minutes. At 9:40, she didn’t show up, and they told me it would be another five minutes. I went through that about three times. I walked back to the Suburban, and Fedor’s people are like, ‘Why are we sitting here? We were told we were leaving at 9:30.’ I’ve got six guys packed into a Suburban, so we left.”
Yeah, he knows because HE WAS DRIVING THE VAN. Okay, okay. If there was a van with Fedor, Alistair and Miesha, I’d probably give my left nut to drive it. So we can’t really make fun of Reed for going from WEC General Manager to Strikeforce van driver. Or can we????