Kaitlin Young

CKA: June 2, 2008

Kaitlin Young. Photo courtesy of KaitlinYoung.com.

Kaitlin Young: Commissioner stopped fight, not doctor

On Saturday night, Kaitlin Young put on a great performance against Gina Carano in EliteXC Primetime debut on CBS.  The fight was stopped between the second and third rounds and it was announced that the ringside doctor had recommended the stoppage.  In a post to the FighterGirls website, Kaitlin Young disagrees, giving a detailed perspective of how the fight was stopped and raising an interesting accusation.

My left cheek and area surrounding the eye are looking pretty ugly today, but there was no major damage. Though it may have looked like it on tv, I never actually had an open wound.

What you didn’t see was that the doctor actually cleared me to fight the third round but the commission said “no”. I wanted to continue, my corner wanted to continue. The cut likely would have opened in the third but it was under the eye. If I had to guess, I would say that they didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS.

They also chose not to do a post fight interview with me or to include me in the post fight news conference and after party. I think the reason for that was my beat up appearance after the fight because I was not seriously injured and was completely coherent.

I am very disappointed about that but cant help but wonder how people would have responded to that, as stupid as it is.

She continues here.

Yeah, I have to agree. I think if people were shocked or upset by the look of it they may have been put at ease a bit by seeing that I was okay. I think some people probably assumed the worst because I basically disappeared from the camera after the fight.

I’m not trying to be one of those people “Well, I would have won if they had let it go into the third round so it wasn’t my fault. Yada yada yada….” Gina was obviously getting the better of me at that point in the fight, but I wasn’t ready to be done. It really bothers me that I didn’t get a chance to thank my sponsors and all that jazz.

Sounds pretty fishy.  When the fight was stopped, they had a close up of Kaitlin’s face.  I said right away that fight would not have been stopped if it was a male.  Apparently, there may have been a good amount of truth to it.  And shame on EliteXC for not even allowing Kaitlin to attend the post fight press conference.

More Fallout from EliteXC Primetime

Our friends at MMARated have posted a video from the post fight press conference featuring EliteXC President of Live Events Gary Shaw and heavyweight James Thompson.  In a comical moment, Gary Shaw relays the fact that thompson was having difficulties breathing and was being transported to the hospital.  Shaw then asks for everyone’s prayers for Thompson.  Meanwhile, Thompson is standing in the middle of the press conference drinking a bottle of water!  Check out the video after the jump.

 

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Cageside at EliteXC Primetime

It’s been about 26 hours since I entered the Prudential Center Arena for the premiere of EliteXC’s Primetime on CBS.  The reviews across the internet are as varied as the show was, but after taking a day to digest it, these are my observations from a live observer point of view.  I have not had a chance to review the tape of the event, so I will not comment on the actual CBS broadcast and how it was presented.

I have been to a variety of MMA events, including two UFC PPVs, two WEC events, two IFL events, and a few small show such as Battle Cage Extreme, and Reality Fighting.  Far and away, this may have been the worst live MMA show I have ever attended.  Read on for my reasonings why.

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CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights: Brief Recap and Undercard Results


Kimbo Slice follows up with an uppercut as a bloodied James Thompson attempts to retaliate. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

On a history-making evening which featured a lot of exciting, entertaining two-way action and a little bit of everything, including licks, kicks and controversy, unbeaten Kimbo Slice (3-0) of Perrine, Fla., scored a hard-fought third-round TKO over England’s James “Colossus” Thompson (16-9) in the main event of the inaugural “CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights” on the CBS Television Network.

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EliteXC Saturday Night Fights Live Results


Robbie Lawler connects with a vicious kick to the body against Scott Smith. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

Results from the CBS show tonight:

Joe Sampieri def. Mike Groves - TKO
Zach Makovsky def. Andre Soares - Unanimous Decision
James Jones def. Calvin Kattar - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Wilson Reis def. Justin Robbins - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Matt Makowski def. Nick Serra - TKO
Carlton Haselrig def. Carlos Moreno - TKO
Chris Liguori def. Jim Bova - TKO
Brett Rogers def. Jon Murphy - KO
Joey Villasenor def. Phil Baroni - TKO
Gina Carano def. Kaitlin Young - TKO
Robbie Lawler vs Scott Smith - No Contest
Kimbo Slice def. James Thompson - TKO

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EliteXC Planning to Expand Women’s Division


Gina Carano grapples with Tonya Evinger. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw announced his organization’s plans to expand their promotion of women’s mixed martial arts with the potential of the addition of a women’s championship and a strictly female fight card at some point next year.

“We’re talking about doing two things,” Shaw stated earlier today during a conference call with the media. “We’re talking about doing a women’s title and we’re also talking about an all-women’s show where we feature one night of all women’s fights. “That’s something that I’d like to present to the public, a night of women’s fights. I think that would be a major milestone.”

Shaw stated that the first women’s title, at 140 lbs, could possibly be decided as early as this fall, with the winner of the scheduled bout between Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young on May 31st possibly being able to be part of the historic bout. Additional titles could be added in the future depending on the amount of divisions the organization decides to incorporate.

The all-female show, which are rare these days save the events put on by California-based Fatal Femmes Fighting, would be the first to be televised on national television. (Showtime) Shaw also stated that while many of the other major organizations have refused to put on female fights, his promotion will continue to do so without hesitation.

“We’ll continue putting women on Showtime and on CBS and we’ll continue putting them on the ShoXC cards as well,” Shaw said. “If no one else wants to do it, it’s all the better for us.”

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Carano-Young, Rogers-Murphy Confirmed for EliteXC in May


Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Elite Xtreme Combat parent company ProElite has officially announced two additional bouts for the organization’s first prime-time televised show on CBS.

American Gladiators star Gina Carano will return to action against Minnesota Martial Arts Academy product Kaitlin Young at the event.

Carano has not fought since submitting Tonya Evinger at EliteXC: Uprising in September of last year. She remains undefeated thus far in her professional career while maintaining her status as the most well-known female fighter in mixed martial arts today.

Young suffered her first career loss after winning her first four fights last year, losing to Sara Schneider at a Bodog Fight event in February. Young will be making her debut under the EliteXC banner.

A rumored heavyweight bout between prospects Brett Rogers and Jon Murphy has also been confirmed by the promotion.

“EliteXC and CBS Saturday Night Fights” will take place on May 31st and will take place at the brand new Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the same venue that hosted UFC 78: Validation last year.

Heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is slated to headline the event against an opponent yet to be named. Robbie Lawler will also put his EliteXC middleweight belt on the line against Scott Smith in a bout that will likely be a sure-fire war on the feet.

Young Ready for Anticipated Bodog Fight Debut

According to Bodog Fight’s reigning women’s champion, fans in Sin City are about to bear witness to the future of mixed martial arts on Feb. 1.

That’s when the explosive force known as Kaitlin Young is scheduled to make her Bodog Fight debut at the Las Vegas Sport Center.


Photo courtesy of Bodog Fight.

“I believe Kaitlin Young is the future,” says Tara LaRosa.

“I was at a Hook-N-Shoot tournament in Indiana a couple of months ago when she knocked out three women in one night, all in the first round. It was frightening. Her striking is crisp and precise. Her timing is spot on, and her power is absolutely insane. Those women (Patti Lee, Meisha Tate and Suzi Smith) barely stood a chance.”

That’s high praise from a woman widely regarded as the best in the sport, but Bodog Fight matchmaker Eric Nicholl agrees that Young (4-0) is the real deal.

“Anybody can get a lucky knockout,” says Nicholl. “But to finish three opponents in devastating fashion in a single night is impressive. I mean, she slugged her way through that tournament in less than 1:53 of actual fight time.”

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Thompson Defends Against Troyer in Feb

Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion Nick “The Goat” Thompson will defend his title against hard-hitting John Troyer on February 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It’s always exciting when ‘The Goat’ steps into the ring,” says Bodog Fight’s billionaire founder Calvin Ayre. “Nick is a larger than life character, so it’s fitting that this fight will take place under the neon lights in Las Vegas.”

Bodog Fight: Nick Thompson vs. John Troyer will take place at the Las Vegas Sport Center. Doors open at 6:30p.m., fights start at 7:30p.m.

Thompson (39-8-1), who suffered a shoulder injury in November and was forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout in Indiana, says he’s back to 100-percent and will be at his best for this title match with Troyer (8-0).

“From what I hear, Troyer’s a tough guy,” says “The Goat”. “He is undefeated and recently beat three guys in one night to win an 8-man HOOKnSHOOT tournament, so I’m expecting a tough fight.”

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