Kaitlin Young Training Injury: Looks Like She Got Hit with an Axe

Levi NileContributor IIIJanuary 22, 2014

Kaitlin Young, right, kicks Gina Carano in their EliteXC 140 lbs. bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Saturday, May 31, 2008. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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By now, most fans of the sport know that some pretty nasty injuries can occur to fighters in training. MMA is a full contact sport with a lot of contact going on behind closed doors, so injuries are a given.

But what happened to Invicta FC’s Kaitlin Young recently (h/t Cory Braiterman of mmamania.com) during a recent sparring session…well, damn, ma’am.


To be honest, the sheer length of the cut—not to mention how it climbs up her forehead—puts it right alongside other legendary lacerations. This is a cut that ranks right alongside the epic war wounds of Marvin Eastman and others for length, depth and location.

Normally a cut on or above the eyes is a tough problem to solve, but the higher it gets on the head, the worse it seems to be. Given that Young’s cut almost reaches her hairline, it’s a safe bet that her doctor is going to be watching it closely over the next three weeks.

How long can a cut like this keep a fighter on the sidelines? That depends on the doctors and just how deep the wound is. As it stands now, Young plans on getting back into the Invicta cage sometime this year.

According to Young (via her Twitter account), the wound came after she ducked under a training partner's jab and took a knee to the head. Closure of the cut took three internal stitches and 15 external.

Young is a bantamweight fighter with a professional MMA record of 7-8-1 with victories over Miesha Tate and Julie Kedzie.