Good news, Potato Nation: MMA/American Gladiators star Gina Carano will be taking a break from making us cry. EliteXC announced today that Carano has been booked for their May 31st CBS debut, and will face Kaitlin Young, a 4-1 fighter hailing from the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. Most notably, Young won an eight-woman HooknShoot tournament last November, knocking out three opponents in the same night, all within the first minute of the first round. [Ed. note: Holy fucking shit! Mo chuisle!] So basically, Gina’s gonna want to protect her face.
Also officially announced today is a bout between undefeated brawler Brett Rogers — who most recently knocked out James Thompson at “Street Certified”— and fellow heavyweight John Murphy. Meaning that the tentative main card, at this point, looks like this:
Kimbo vs. TBA (heavyweights)
Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith (for middleweight championship belt)
Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young (weight limit TBA?)
Phil Baroni vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua (middleweights)
Brett Rogers vs. John Murphy (heavyweights)
Ooh, feel our goosebumps! The booking of Carano was clutch, as it adds a second mainstream-ish star to the network broadcast. We don’t know how much green Gary Shaw had to promise in order to lure the semi-estranged Carano back into the fold, but if it helps put EliteXC over with a skeptical CBS audience, it’ll be worth it. The only question is, has Crush been getting in enough MMA training between pugel-stick jousts and zip-line rides?
Speaking of which…
Smackgirl vet Erin Toughill just became the second female MMA fighter to be poached by American Gladiators. The 30-year-old Huntington Beach resident will be on AG‘s second season, which premieres in May. The news was first revealed in Ken Pavia’s column on MMAJunkie, where The Pav related this anecdote:
Everyone clowned “Razor” Rob McCullough when he hired “a chick” to be his hands coach. He won four fights in a row and held the WEC title and they stopped clowning. Although Erin Toughill only holds focus mitts, she does it as well if not better then anyone in the hotbed of MMA, Orange County. She even throws the gear on and spars with Razor once in a while. I have seen him dislodge an ovary mid-round, but she gets right back up and keeps coming. And she is easy on the eyes (god, I hope she doesn’t punch me in the face for saying that). She can’t get girls to fight her, so she will be taking her game to a different arena. Look for Toughill to throw a beatdown in the upcoming season of “American Gladiators.”