Kaitlin Young has been fighting professionally for over five years, and she doesn’t plan on slowing down her schedule anytime soon. The 15-fight veteran has been one of the true veterans of the sport and has been fighting top women ever since she started in MMA.

Young has faced the who’s-who of WMMA. From Gina Carano to Miesha Tate, Young has not taken the easy way out when accepting fights. In fact, she has only had hard fights in her career, which has helped her develop as a fighter.

“The fights I have taken may not have been great for my record, because I may have taken them when I was still too green, but I think it has been a great experience.” Young told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “Fans should look at the quality of my opponents, not my record.”

Young (R) delivers a right hand (Dave Manel/Sherdog)

Young may be 7-7-1, but that .500 record doesn’t reflect the fact that she is a finisher. Six of Young’s wins have come via knockout, a testament to her power and great stand-up.

“I prefer to strike, I enjoy it more,” she admitted. “My ground game has come a long way thanks to Greg Nelson and Tom Schmitz, as well as my training partners.”

Young knows her style of fighting is going to attract fans and attention. It did when she has had two intriguing bouts with Leslie Smith, a woman who brought out the best in Young.

“The first fight with Smith definitely helped expand my fan base; it was a fun fight,” Young explained. “The second fight was a crappy fight for me, but I definitely think fans took notice of my exciting style in those two bouts.”

Young was slated to fight Amanda Nunes at Invicta FC 5, but Nunes bowed out due to injury after we talked to Young. Instead, Young takes on undefeated Lauren Taylor, a woman also known for securing the knockout in her fights. Taylor is 5-0 with five knockouts, which should make for a great fight with Young.

Young (Invicta FC)

Young is not looking past her opponent, but she does have one woman on her mind. She would love to find herself in the cage with one particular Canadian striker.

“I was really looking forward to fighting Sarah Kaufman, but she got injured when I was supposed to fight her,” said Young. “That was actually when I had the second fight with Leslie instead. But I would love another opportunity to get in the cage with Kaufman. I think that would be a great fight for fans.”

Once the cage door closes, Young will have her time to shine. Her exciting brand of fighting speaks for itself. One day, she hopes it will amount to a title fight or a call from the UFC.

Kaitlin would like to think her team at Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Shayna Baszler, Stephanie Eggink, Greg Nelson, Ryan Murray, Matt Miller, Tom Schmitz, all of her sponsors, including Joe Taverni, Nutrishop Lakeville, Intimidation Clothing, and Horsepower Strength and Conditioning. Follow Young on Twitter: @kaitlin_young

Top Photo: Kaitlin Young (Dave Manel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Riley Kontek
Staff Writer

Riley Kontek is a Chicago-land native that has been an addict of mixed martial arts since the first Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz encounter. He has been writing on MMA for the last year and is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. In addition to that, he used to host a weekly radio show on MMA. Though he has no formal training in mixed martial arts, Riley is a master in the art of hockey fighting.