HOOKnSHOOT Grand Prix champion and longtime MMA competitor Kaitlin Young wants to be more active in fighting in 2014.
Young only fought once last year. It was against future Invicta FC Bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy at Invicta FC 5, went went the distance with Murphy. For Young, who had been finished in the last two bouts, became the first fighter to take the undefeated Murphy – known then as Lauren Taylor – to the distance.
While she has been away from the cage, Young dealt with injuries while also training and learning, both on a technical and business front as she puts it.
Like many MMA fans, I would love to see Young make a comeback in 2014 and I think she can do it. In my opinion, there is only one opponent for Young in her return fight and that is Sarah Kaufman. And there is only one place where they should fight: inside of the octagon.
Young and Kaufman were originally scheduled to face off at Invicta FC 3 back in 2012, but the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion sustained an injury.
Young and Kaufman are two of the most dangerous strikers in the women’s 135-pound weight class. It would be interesting to see how Young’s kicks, which have been likened to being hit by a baseball bat, would impact with Kaufman, who has yet to be knocked out in a fight.
Young has the credentials and the ability to do well in the UFC. Critics may cite her fight record as being something that could work against her, but sometimes records do not mean a lot.
Look at Jessica Rakoczy, who made it to the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter” on a professional MMA record of 1-3 along with a “Knockout of the Season” bonus on “TUF 18.” Look at Mark Hunt, who went from a 5-7 record in his first stint in the octagon, to a 9-8-1 with two “Fight of the Night” bonuses and two “Knockout of the Night” bonuses.
If the UFC decides to make this match happen, they could make it a cross-promotion deal with Invicta or they could sign the HOOKnSHOOT champion to a multiple-fight contract.
If the fight does happen and Young gets the victory, this could be the beginning of a new chapter in her career.
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