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Kaitlin Young: “I Wanted To Continue”

Carano and youngIn case there was any doubt that the Kaitlin Young/Gina Carano fight was also unnecessarily stopped this past Saturday night at EliteXC “Primetime”, here are some words from Kaitlin Young regarding the decision:

“My left cheek and area surrounding the eye are looking pretty ugly today, but there was no major damage. Though it may have looked like it on tv, I never actually had an open wound. What you didn’t see was that the doctor actually cleared me to fight the third round but the commission said ‘no.’ I wanted to continue, my corner wanted to continue. The cut likely would have opened in the third but it was under the eye.

If I had to guess, I would say that they didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS. They also chose not to do a post fight interview with me or to include me in the post fight news conference and after party. I think the reason for that was my beat up appearance after the fight because I was not seriously injured and was completely coherent. I am very disappointed about that but cant help but wonder how people would have responded to that, as stupid as it is.”

All I have to say is, I knew it. But its not like I’m the only one. Of course you have to imagine most anybody watching that bout found it funny that there was no post fight with the “injured” Young, or mention of what specifically the doctors concern was over her. If airing MMA on CBS means manipulating outcomes just to keep pretty faces and marketing figures on the screen, then they might as well just call it professional wrestling and ditch the MMA concept all together. If EliteXC continues to air on CBS, I can only hope that they learn from their mistakes and mishandling of a now tainted product.

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