Kaitlin Young and Leslie Smith congratulate each other after their fight at Invicta FC 1. Credit: Esther Lin - Invicta FC

Kaitlin Young back on the winning track

While most of us were celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, beer and baseball – well I was anyways – the one-woman Minnesota Wrecking Crew Kaitlin Young was hundreds of miles away, competing.

In a scenario similar to “Rocky IV” – without the bad blood and the “I must break you” – Young, representing the United States, returned to Muay Thai to take on Olga Stavrova. After five rounds, Young picked up the decision.

This is great for Young, who has spent the last year working to come back to combat sports. For a while she was at a crossroads where she had three consecutive losses in MMA. And I know that kickboxing and MMA are different beasts and that this win doesn’t add anything to her mixed martial arts resume, however, it does give the HOOKnSHOOT Grand Prix champion the motivation and confidence to say “I’m done yet. You may thing I’m done, but I’m not.”

This fight also gave Young a chance to fight in another country and experience a different culture, which everyone should do at some point in their lives whether they are a fighter or not. Young even tweeted something about wishing she had learned a little bit of Russian before she arrived.

Where Young goes from here is up to her. She could make a return to MMA. With Invicta FC champion Lauren Murphy signing with the UFC, Invicta Fighting Championships is going to need a star in their 135-pound division and Young has both the skills, experience and passion to be the promotion’s top star.

Then again she could continue to compete in Muay Thai. With Lion Fight and Glory gaining popularity in the United States, Young could bring her skill set to a larger audience and help the sport grow.

But for the moment she has earned herself a short rest and a nice barbecue dinner when she returns to the states.

Who would you like to see Young fight next? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @cagepagesfs.

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