We are now just four days away from Invicta FC 2 and I only have three more fights left to break down. Today’s analysis will feature the 135-lbs collision between former U.S Marine and Strikeforce title challenger, Liz Carmouche and deadly striker Kaitlin Young.
Both fighters were victorious at Invicta FC 1 back in April and are looking to rack up an unbeaten streak for the fledgling organization. Carmouche destroyed Ashleigh Curry in the first round and Young went to a draw in an incredible battle with Leslie Smith.
Liz Carmouche (MMA Record: 6-2, Invicta FC Record: 1-0)
Who she is: A former United States Marine, Carmouche is one of the very best that the women’s bantamweight division has to offer. The 28 year old started her career with a perfect streak of victories before losing back-to-back fights to Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufman in Strikeforce. The Coenen fight was for the Strikeforce bantamweight title. Carmouche came extremely close to winning the championship that night before falling victim to a fourth round triangle choke.
Her strengths: wrestling, ground and pound, punching power, durability
Her weaknesses: Has a few holes in her striking
Keys to victory: Considering Young is known for her striking it would make the most sense for Carmouche to shoot early and look to ground and pound her way to victory. Of course, Carmouche has the chin and the power to stand with Young but she isn’t going to outpoint her on the feet unless she lands a big strike and knocks the Minnesota native out.
Kaitlin Young (MMA Record: 7-5-1, Invicta FC Record: 0-0-1)
Who she is: Fresh off one of the most memorable female brawls in MMA history with Smith at Invicta FC 1, Young is eager to get her first official win for the organization. Young trains out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy and has competed against the likes of Gina Carano, Julie Kedzie, and Miesha Tate. She is one of the best standup fighters in all of WMMA and holds a 30 second head kick knockout victory over the aforementioned Tate from back in 2007.
Her strengths: Striking
Her weaknesses: Wrestling, BJJ
Keys to victory: Young absolutely needs to find a way to keep the fight on the feet and turn it into a striking battle. If she can defend Carmouche’s takedowns or at least scramble quickly back up after being taken down, she can pick the former Marine apart with some nasty striking combinations.
The Final Verdict
Another brilliant fight created by Invicta matchmaker Janet Martin that pits one of the division’s best strikers against one of the premier ground and pound specialists at 135-lbs. I would not be surprised to see this fight look eerily similar to Young-Smith except much more explosive, dynamic and with a definite winner.
As far as whom that winner will be, I say it’s all Carmouche’s provided she follows the right gameplan and avoids slugging with Young. I see the former Marine dumping Young on her back and reigning down some thunderous strikes from the top for 15 minutes.
Liz Carmouche def Kaitlin Young via Unanimous Decision
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE