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The Curious Case of Kaitlin Young

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With Strikeforce’s recent asset purchase from ProElite, things seemed to be looking up for noted women’s MMA fighter Kaitlin Young. After a tough loss to Gina Carano on the initial EliteXC on CBS card, Young had been held in limbo waiting for another bout. The collapse of EliteXC further delayed her getting back in the cage. With Strikeforce’s purchase of contracts and signing of Gina Carano, things were looking up. Unfortunately, Young was not among those moving over with the new Strikeforce deal. Tom Hamlin with MMAWeekly talked with Strikeforce brass about the decision not to pick up Young:

Mendez also released a list of female talent acquired in the purchase of ProElite assets.

Confirmed to fight in Strikeforce:
-Sarah Kaufman
-Shayna Baszler
-Debi Purcell
-Jan Finney
-Melanie Lacroix
-Katrina Alendal

Conspicuously missing was Kaitlin Young, the Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts prospect, who was defeated by Carano in a controversial stoppage at EliteXC’s first CBS televised event. Mendez said Strikeforce opted not to acquire Young out of a desire to develop lesser-seen fighters.

“We want to build up new talent,” he said.

The women listed above share the common trait that none have faced Carano before.



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Post #1   2/28/09 12:44:11AM   

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I don't get it is she aging backwards?

Post #2   2/28/09 10:15:43AM   

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not a smart move by strikforce...should have picked her up she was pretty decent...

Post #3   2/28/09 12:17:16PM   

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Seems to me like they dont want her there, to beat Carano. They want to Build up new fighters, arent most women fighters new, at least to the public. Seems to me they are sheilding Carano.

Post #4   3/1/09 9:25:28AM