Continuing the theme of having at least one female match on each of its big events, Elite XC announced today that Minnesota Martial Arts Academy standout Kaitlin Young (4-2) will face off against undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman on the Showtime card set for the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada, on November 8.
Young was soundly defeated by Gina Carano during the May 31 debut for the promotion on CBS, but she proved to be a gamer while taking a good deal of punishment during the two round bout. She wanted to continue for a third round, but the fight was called by a ringside doctor because her faced was banged up pretty good.
She trains with one of the top camps in MMA where she gets quality sparring and training with fighters like Kelly Kobald. The camp is also known for producing fighters with great cardio by instilling the "caveman training" made popular by Sean Sherk.
Her biggest accomplishment thus far in MMA -- besides being a part of the first female fight ever on network television -- was winning a Hook n' Shoot sponsored by BoDog Fight last year. During the tournament she dispatched Patti Lee, Meisha Tate and Suzi Smith by knockout in less than a minute each ... all in the same night.
There's no doubt that she can scrap, but she's lost her past two fights and will be in serious danger of making it three straight on November 8.
Kaufman has won each of her seven professional bouts by technical knockout, including two fights under the King of the Cage banner. She's been competing in mixed martial arts since June of 2006.
This will be her first trip back into the cage since defeating Molly Helsel in March at a Hardcore Championship Fighting event in Quebec. The fight was the co-featured main event of the card.
This fight has all the makings to be a stand up war -- there's a good chance one of these ladies will be going to sleep in this one.