by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The debut fight card for the Elite XC/CBS Saturday Night Fight show continues to fill out, most recently adding a women’s MMA bout pitting popular star and current “American Gladiator” Gina Carano against up and coming star, Kaitlin Young, in a main card bout for the May 31 show.
MMAWeekly spoke to Kaitlin Young just after the news hit that she would be facing Carano on the debut Saturday Night Fight show.
“I was ridiculously excited,” said Young about the news that she would be fighting Gina Carano. “They asked if I wanted it and I accepted.”
The historical significance of this show could be a major turning point for MMA as this will be the first time the sport has been shown on network television. Young understands her role in this fight as she prepares to do battle with Carano.
“It really is a huge opportunity,” stated Young. “I’m really, really excited about it. People will actually be able to see this one, I fought in Bodog and Hook ‘N’ Shoot but it wasn’t televised, it will be my first time fighting live on television.”
Young burst onto the scene during a Hook ‘N’ Shoot tournament in which she won by knocking out all three of her opponents in less than 3 minutes time.
Her aggressive style and Muay Thai background set up a perfect fight with Carano as both have extensive striking pedigrees.
“It’s awesome that she also has a Thai boxing background, she was a pro Thai boxer before MMA,” Young commented. “She had a really good record in that. We’re going to bang, it’s going to be awesome.”
Beyond the lights and cameras focused in on this show, Young will also be stepping into competition for the first time since suffering the only loss in her fledgling career.
“To be honest with you, a loss always sucks, it’s miserable, but I think it’s very important that the loss stays in your memory,” said Young. “I mean I knew I had to work ground before, but it’s really put a bug up my ass to really train really hard. It’s good, it’s given me a lot of motivation.”
Now Kaitlin’s motivation moves back into to training alongside her teammates at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy to prepare her for Gina Carano.