Invicta FC 5: Sarah Kaufman vs. Kaitlin Young, make it happen

By Al Stover
Esther Lin-Invicta FC

This past weekend, Invicta Fighting Championships went on Twitter and asked fans what matches they would like to see at their Invicta FC 5 event, which takes place in April.

Besides the Tecia Torres vs. Joanne Calderwood match, which is sure to be a war on the feet, I responded with only one other match: Sarah Kaufman vs. Kaitlin Young.

Some of my favorite mixed martial arts fights have been mainly on the feet with fast exchanges and fighters going all out until the sound of the final bell. Young, a former HOOKnSHOOT tournament champion and Kaufman, the first Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight – now known as Bantamweight – champion, have vicious striking that can take down anyone.

Young and Kaufman were originally scheduled to face each other at Invicta FC 3 back in October, but the Strikeforce champion pulled out of the fight due to injury. Young would end up fighting Leslie Smith in a rematch and losing in the second round via TKO.

Both fighters have strong chins and powerful striking. Young’s kicks have been compared to being hit by baseball bats while Kaufman’s KO power resembles fighters like Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Although both fighters have been finished in their last fights, they also put on award-winning performances in their first fights of 2012. Kaufman took on fellow Canadian Alexis Davis in a rematch that turned into a bloody brawl. While Kaufman took the majority decision, it showed that Kaufman was still a top contender in the Strikeforce Women’s division. Young squared off against Smith in a bout that not only went to a split-draw, but also stole the show at Invicta FC 1. Both matches were given numerous “Fight of the Year award” nominations.

For Young, a win over the Strikeforce champion could help her get her career back on the winning track. As for Kaufman, taking out the HOOKnSHOOT champion in impressive fashion could result in the UFC knocking at her door.

In the same manner as UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, pretty please, Shannon Knapp, make this match happen if you can.


What fight would you like to see at Invicta FC 5? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.

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