While UFC President Dana White has said he would welcome Gina Carano to the UFC, there are plenty of women fighters at 135 pounds who would be a great addition to the octagon.
One person who comes to mind is HOOKnSHOOT champion Kaitlin Young, who is set to face Amanda Nunes at Invicta FC 5, April 5.
Although 2012 may have not been her best year, Young has a lot to offer to the UFC. Despite her 7-7-1 record, Young is a fighter who has gained a strong fan following over the years. She has fought some of the best in the women’s 135-pound division and has a no-quit attitude. After all, it was almost a year ago when she engaged in a three-round war with Leslie Smith that helped set the tempo for the competitive action seen in Invicta.
One of her biggest assets is her striking, specifically her kicking. Miesha Tate, who will face Cat Zingano at the TUF 17 finale in April, is one of several fighters who have felt the full force of Young’s kicks. Julie Kedzie, who announced she signed with the UFC, is 1-1 against Young. At the very least, she and Young could face off a one more time to complete their trilogy.
While some may say Young’s record could keep her out of the UFC, it wasn’t that long ago that UFC heavyweight and K-1 World Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt made his octagon debut at 5-6. He even lost his first UFC fight before embarking on a three-fight win streak.
As the old saying goes, “anything can happen in MMA,” and Young could end up achieving great success in the UFC.
If Young defeats Nunes, who is rumored to have signed a UFC contract, then the HOOKnSHOOT champion would more than have earned her spot on the UFC roster.
Honestly, I say we stop beating around the bush and just bring Young to the UFC.
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