Kaitlin Young gives a little insight into the stoppage that ended the fight between her and Gina Carano at EliteXC ‘Primetime’ on CBS last Saturday night. It was believed that the doctor had stopped the fight, however according to Kaitlin, she was cleared by the doctor to continue:
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.
I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say CBS didn’t want a woman with an eye swollen to the size of a tennis ball on national television. That said, the way Carano was bringing it to her in the second round, I’m not so sure Young would have survived the third.
CR: MMAMania.com for the find.