Kaitlin Young

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Kaitlin Young
Born (1985-09-15) September 15, 1985 (age 33)
Circle Pines, Minnesota
Other namesMinnesota Wrecking Machine
ResidenceSt. Louis Park, Minnesota
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
StyleMuay Thai, Taekwondo
Fighting out ofCircle Pines, Minnesota
TeamMinnesota Martial Arts Academy
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By decision2
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kaitlin Young (born September 15, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist. She competed in the bantamweight division for EliteXC and currently competes for Invicta Fighting Championships.


Young began training in martial arts at age 14, where she explored her interest in taekwondo and earned a black belt.[1]

After attending a taekwondo national conference, Young discovered Thai boxing. She signed up for classes at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy after attending a Thai boxing event.

Graduating at the top of her class from Centennial High School (Minnesota) in 2004, Young enrolled in the University of Minnesota, with a major in kinesiology.[1][2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Young rose to fame after winning the one-night 2007 HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix with three knockouts in a combined time of just 1:45.

She then faced Sarah Schneider at Tuff-N-Uff: "Thompson vs. Troyer" on February 1, 2008, but was defeated by a second-round armbar.

On May 31, 2008, Young was defeated by Gina Carano at EliteXC: Primetime on CBS after the second round when the ringside physician declared her unable to continue.

Young returned to MMA competition on December 11, 2009, but lost to Shana Olsen via second-round technical knock out. Olsen had missed weight for the fight.[3]

Young entered the Freestyle Cage Fighting Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix at FCF 39 on January 30, 2010 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She was defeated by Jennifer Tate in the second round of their quarterfinal bout.[4]

Young was set to face Jamie Seaton in the co-main event at Crowbar MMA: "Fall Brawl" on September 11, 2010,[5] but Seaton withdrew from the fight. Young was then matched up against Liz Carmouche,[6] but the fight was cancelled after Young signed on to take part in the filming of the Ultimate Women Challenge reality show.[7] After the show never made it to air, Young and 6 other contestants sued the producers, claiming they were never paid.[8]

During the filming of the Ultimate Women Challenge, Young faced Julie Kedzie on September 24, 2010. She defeated Kedzie by split decision.[9]

Young faced Kedzie again in a five-round title rematch at Jackson's MMA Series 4 on April 9, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[10] She was defeated by unanimous decision.[11]

Young was scheduled to face Jan Finney in the main event of Freestyle Cage Fighting 49 on October 1.[12] However, Finney withdrew from the fight and Young faced Liz Carreiro instead.[13] She defeated Carreiro by TKO late in the first round.[14]

Young agreed to face Milana Dudieva at ProFC 37 on November 9, 2011 in Ufa, Russia.[15] However, she withdrew from the fight on October 30 due to complications in securing a visa.[16]

Young faced Anna Barone at "Downtown Showdown 2" on January 6, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[17] Barone missed weight, but the fight proceeded and Young defeated Barone by TKO when the doctor stopped the fight after round two.[18]

Young faced Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen on April 28, 2012.[19] Their bout ended in a split draw[20] and was named fight of the night.[21]

Young faced Liz Carmouche at Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann on July 28, 2012.[22] She was defeated by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.[23]

Young was next set to face Sarah Kaufman at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama.[24] However, Kaufman suffered an injury and Young instead faced Leslie Smith in a rematch.[25] She was defeated by TKO in the second round.[26]

Young was scheduled to face Amanda Nunes at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013.[27] However, Nunes sustained an arm injury and Young instead faced Lauren Taylor.[28] Young lost the fight via unanimous decision.[29][30]

In April 2016 it was announced by Invicta FC that Young would be joining their staff as a fight matchmaker, working alongside Julie Kedzie.[31]

After over four years of absence from competition, Young fought Reina Miura at Rizin 12 on August 12, 2018.[32] Yong won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Young faced Zarah Fairn Dos Santos on November 16, 2018 at Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson.[34] However due to visa issues Dos Santos was replaced by Sarah Patterson and the fight proceeded at 150-pound catchweight affair to accommodate Patterson.[35] At the weigh-ins, Patterson weighed in at 154.5 pounds, 3.5 pound over the catchweight fight limit of 150. She was fined 25 percent of her purse, which went to her opponents Young.[36] She won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[37]

Young is scheduled to faced Pam Sorenson on August 9, 2019 at Invicta FC 36: Sorenson vs. Young for the vacant Invicta featherweight title.[38]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 10 wins 9 losses
By knockout 8 3
By submission 0 3
By decision 2 3
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–9–1 Faith McMah TKO (punches) Invicta FC 35: Bennett vs. Rodriguez II June 7, 2019 3 3:52 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 9–9–1 Sarah Patterson TKO (leg kick and punches) Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson November 16, 2018 1 1:25 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 8–9–1 Reina Miura Decision (unanimous) Rizin 12 August 12, 2018 3 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 7–9–1 Raquel Pa'aluhi Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 9: Honchak vs. Hashi November 1, 2014 3 5:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Loss 7–8–1 Lauren Taylor Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 7–7–1 Leslie Smith TKO (punches) Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama October 6, 2012 2 2:19 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 7–6–1 Liz Carmouche Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012 2 3:34 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Draw 7–5–1 Leslie Smith Draw (split) Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen April 28, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Awarded Fight of the Night.
Win 7–5 Anna Barone TKO (doctor stoppage) Driller Promotions / SEG - Downtown Showdown 2 January 6, 2012 2 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Catchweight bout; Barone missed weight.
Win 6–5 Liz Carreiro TKO (punches) FCF 49: Fight Strong For The Cure October 1, 2011 1 4:47 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 5–5 Julie Kedzie Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 4 April 9, 2011 5 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States For Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–4 Julie Kedzie Decision (split) Ultimate Women Challenge September 24, 2010 3 3:00 St. George, Utah, United States
Loss 4–4 Jennifer Tate Submission (armbar) Freestyle Cage Fighting 39 January 30, 2010 2 2:35 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States FCF Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix quarterfinal.
Loss 4–3 Shana Olsen TKO (punches and elbows) Ironman MMA December 11, 2009 2 1:52 Welch, Minnesota, United States Catchweight bout; Olsen missed weight.
Loss 4–2 Gina Carano TKO (doctor stoppage) EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 2 3:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 4–1 Sarah Schneider Submission (armbar) Tuff-N-Uff: Thompson vs. Troyer February 1, 2008 2 0:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Patti Lee TKO (knee to the body) HOOKnSHOOT - BodogFight 2007 Women's Grand Prix November 24, 2007 1 0:53 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won 2007 HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix.
Win 3–0 Miesha Tate KO (head kick) HOOKnSHOOT - BodogFight 2007 Women's Grand Prix November 24, 2007 1 0:30 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 2–0 Suzy Smith KO (knees) HOOKnSHOOT - BodogFight 2007 Women's Grand Prix November 24, 2007 1 0:22 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Lindsey Frandrop TKO (body kicks and punches) Brutaal - Fight Night October 4, 2007 2 0:26 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States


  • 2007 HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix Champion
  • 2007 TBA-SA Amateur 135lb North American Muay Thai Champion[39]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Kaitlin-Young-26251
  3. ^ "Shana Olsen Stops Kaitlin Young At Ironman MMA". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  4. ^ "Freestyle Cage Fighting 39 Live Results". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  5. ^ "Kaitlin Young To Face Jamie Seaton At "Fall Brawl"". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  6. ^ "Seaton Out, Young Now To Face Carmouche". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  7. ^ "UWC Signings Force Cancellation Of Fights". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  8. ^ "Lawsuit Filed Against Ultimate Women Challenge Producers". mmahq.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
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  10. ^ "Kaitlin Young vs Julie Kedzie Set For Jackson's MMA Series". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
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  12. ^ "Jan Finney Cleared To Face Kaitlin Young At FCF 49". MMARising.com. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
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  18. ^ "Kaitlin Young Stops Anna Barone At Downtown Showdown 2". MMARising.com. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
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  20. ^ "Invicta FC 1 Results: Marloes Coenen, Jessica Penne Victorious". MMARising.com. 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
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  26. ^ "Invicta FC 3 Results: Jessica Penne Captures Atomweight Title". MMARising.com. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  27. ^ "Kaitlin Young vs Amanda Nunes Added To Invicta FC 5 Main Card". MMARising.com. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  28. ^ "Nunes Injured, Lauren Taylor Faces Kaitlin Young At Invicta FC 5". MMARising.com. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  29. ^ "'Cyborg' Savages Muxlow, 'Karate Hottie' Crowned Via Dramatic Submission at Invicta FC 5". Sherdog.com. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  30. ^ "Invicta FC 5 Results: Michelle Waterson, Barb Honchak Win Titles". MMARising.com. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  31. ^ "MMA Veteran Kaitlin Young Joins Invicta FC as Matchmaker | Invicta Fighting Championships". www.invictafc.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  32. ^ Tristen Critchfield (June 21, 2018). "Rizin 12 to Include Yusuke Yachi, UFC Vet Hatsu Hioki, Invicta Matchmaker Kaitlin Young". sherdog.com.
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  34. ^ "Felicia Spencer vs. Pam Sorenson for vacant featherweight belt headlines Invicta FC 32". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
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  39. ^ "Kaitlin Young Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2014-08-01.

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