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Carano’s next opponent expected to be Kelly Kobald-Gavin

The leading candidate to fight Gina Carano on Oct. 4 during CBS’ “Saturday Night Fights III” is Kelly Kobald-Gavin.
learned of the news after speaking with EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw earlier this afternoon. Mike Chiapetta of was the first to break the news of a possible Carano vs. Kobald matchup this past weekend.

According to Shaw, the proposed Carano vs. Kobald-Gavin matchup has not been finalized but he expects to have signed agreements from both fighters within the coming days.

Kobald-Gavin is a respected striker in MMA and trains out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy with the likes of Kaitlin Young, Brock Larson, Nick Thompson, Sean Sherk, and Brock Lesnar. She has not fought since August 24, 2007 after losing a unanimous decision to Julie Kedzie during BodogFIGHT’s Vancouver tapings. Kobald-Gavin had actually just fought a little over a month earlier, submitting to a fourth round armbar by then-BogFIGHT Women’s Champion Tara LaRosa during a show staged in Trenton, N.J.

Carano has been idle since recording a second round TKO against Young during the first-ever telecast of “Saturday Night Fights” on May 31. The win improved Carano’s record to 5-0.

Many speculated following her impressive win against Shayna Baszler during “Saturday Night Fights II” on July 26 that Cris Cyborg would be next in line to fight Carano. Although it’s a matchup that EliteXC officials are looking to at some point in the future, the promotion think that now is not the right time.

“We are excited about Cris Cyborg following her recent victory on CBS,” said Shaw. “EliteXC is also excited about the possible Cyborg vs. Gina Carano matchup. However, we believe that Cyborg needs more time to get out there and brand herself. If both fighters can continue their winning ways, it’s a fight we expect to happen sometime in 2009.”

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