Thursday, March 27, 2008
Carano/Young confirmed for May 31 EliteXC show
Sam Caplan of Five Ounces Of Pain reported yesterday that Gina Carano will face Kaitlin Young on the May 31 EliteXC MMA show that will be aired live on CBS. Kaitlin confirmed this in an interview with MMA Weekly. Kaitlin said the fight was offered to her and she couldn't say no. Appearing on network TV is a big opportunity. It's unfortunate that her big wins at last November's Hook 'N' Shoot show will only air online. The two have similar muay thai backgrounds so it should be a good fight. Kaitlin is 4-1 and Gina is 5-0 though she hasn't fought since her win over Tanya Evinger last September mostly because of her appearances on American Gladiator.
Now it's time for today's conspiracy theory. Already some fans are whining that Kaitlin Young got this opportunity instead of someone more established. Kaitlin has acknowledged that this sentiment is out there. As usual, it doesn't take into consideration EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw's master plan of Gina Carano as The Face Of Womens MMA. Obviously they're going to have to have Gina face a more established fighter eventually. I would have taken the time to establish Kaitlin on a televised EliteXC show so fans know who she is. The delay in scheduling Gina's next fight due to American Gladiators doesn't concern Shaw because Gina has done really well on the show. Maybe fans will follow her to the cage. So NBC had to replace some of the American Galdiators for season two. I know one of the women suffered a serious knee injury. Nothing has been announced yet but it is well known that former MMA fighter Erin Toughill is now an American Gladiator. I guess Gina was so good that why not try another legit fighter instead of fitness models. So my conspiracy is that Gary Shaw had some input on this choice and is looking to set up a big money fight between Gina Carano & Erin Toughill afterwards. Hey, that's my conspiracy and I'm sticking to it.