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Sarah Kaufman injured, Kaitlin Young will now rematch Leslie Smith

Esther Lin-Invicta FC

Back at Invicta FC’s first event in April, Kaitlin Young and Leslie Smith fought to a draw in what was the event’s “Fight of the Night.”

Due to the injury and withdraw of former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman, Young and Smith will once again meet each other in the cage at Invicta FC 3 on Oct. 6, according to Invicta FC’s website on Monday.

Kaufman tweeted that this was the first time she had ever pulled out of a fight due to injury.

This is not the first time an opponent has changed for Smith. She was originally supposed to face Cat Zingano, a MMA champion who is undefeated at 6-0.

After it was announced Zingano had signed with Strikeforce would face Amanda Nunes at the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy event, Smith was then matched up with another undefeated fighter, Kim Connor-Hamby.

Connor-Hamby (4-0) will now face Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, who is currently 3-1 and riding a two-fight winning streak and has wins over Kim Couture and Sarah Moras.

Although this is another shuffle in the Invicta FC 3 card, it’s probably the best news Invicta FC have heard about this card since the Kaufman vs. Young fight was announced.

The first fight between Smith and Young left many fans and critics on the edge of their seat. Even commentator Mauro Ranallo called it a fight of the year candidate.

The rematch between Young and Smith will go well with the already stacked Invicta FC 3 card that will feature the Invicta FC Atomweight title match between Jessica Penne and Naho Sugiyama.

While I was looking forward to the Kaufman vs. Young match, the Young vs. Smith rematch has been a fight I have been looking forward to and thought I would never get to see for several months.

The winner of this fight could also be considered as a choice to fight in the first Invicta Bantamweight championship match.


How do you think the rematch between Young and Smith will go down? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA