According to an Oct. 23 tweet from Miesha Tate, the hard-hitting UFC bantamweight superstar is still hoping to someday engage in a rematch with Kaitlin Young, the Invicta Fighting Championships standout who knocked her out in a HookNShoot fight seven years ago. Tate, 28, was just a young, up-and-coming prospect when she fought Young, as she had just one MMA fight under her belt.
That fight happened to be in the same night as her bout with Young, since it was a one-night, single-elimination tournament. That said, Tate did not have a full camp to prepare solely for Young. Heading into the tournament, she had no idea she would be fighting her. Tate defeated Jan Finney earlier that evening in 2007, to advance to the second round for a scrap against Young.
Tate didn’t last long against the Minnesota native. Young worked her standup game early on, battering Tate with kicks before delivering an epic strike to the face that knocked her to the mat. Flash forward seven years and both ladies are still in the MMA game. Young, who was also a young, inexperienced prospect at the time, went on to compete in such promotions as EliteXC and Driller Promotions, before settling in at Invicta FC.
Young is riding a three-fight losing streak, but her recent record isn’t a true indication of her performance. Young’s last four opponents were each ranked among the top 25 in the world at bantamweight, so she has been testing herself against the best of the best. Every opponent Young has faced under the Invicta FC banner is now in the UFC, which is a testament to the level of competition she has gone up against.
Young has now faced five UFC veterans in her career, so it’s not like she would be over-matched if she was to engage in a rematch with Tate. Does the match make sense? Tate tweeted that she doesn’t think the fight makes sense right now, likely because the ladies don’t compete under the same banner. Tate is in the UFC, while Young fights for Invicta FC. However, Invicta FC airs on UFC Fight Pass and the promotions have previously worked together to promote female athletes into the big show.
Tate does not have her next opponent lined up, but the rumor is that she’ll be fighting fast-rising Brazilian star, Bethe Correia. The war of words has already started, with Correia saying that Tate is only out for attention. Time will tell how the situation pans out, but chances are Tate will fight Correia before she gets another crack at Young.
If Young defeats Cindy Dandois in spectacular fashion at Invicta FC 9, she would definitely be due for a promotion to the UFC. Tate would make a superb first opponent for her, regardless of their current rankings. Tate would have the chance to wipe away an early-career loss, while Young would have the chance to prove her first win over “Cupcake” was no fluke. For Young, it would also instantly propel her into the top 10 in the world if she was to beat Tate.