As ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. belted her name at a pre-fight press conference on Thursday, Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen smiled modestly and made her way to the stage. She came into plain sight, ready to sit and answer questions with the other fighters, and some unidentified member of the media let out a catcall, causing heads to turn and the fighter to come to a halt, her quiet smile now replaced by a look of bewilderment.
Before the weigh-ins on Friday, Coenen still had no idea just what that high-pitched noise was referencing.
“I don’t know why he did it. Do you know? Did I do something stupid?” the welterweight title challenger said with a laugh.
After learning the significance of the catcall in American culture, Coenen -- who will challenge Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce welterweight title on Saturday at the HP Pavilion -- simply shook her head and shrugged.
“You know, I like going for the conservative look,” said Coenen. “I’m not going for the sexy look. That’s not my thing. I’m not like Miesha [Tate] or Gina [Carano]. That’s not for me.”