Kaitlin Young will team up with former mixed martial arts foe Julie Kedzie to handle matchmaking duties for Invicta Fighting Championships.
The all-female promotion announced the news on Friday. In addition to a 17-bout fighting career, Young has prior matchmaking experience for local promotions in her native Minnesota. Young’s duties will begin immediately and she will be present at Invicta FC 17 on May 7 in Costa Mesa, Calif.
"I've been on the other side of the table from Invicta as a fighter and I could not be more excited to join this organization, " Young said in a release. "I have so much respect for Shannon and the goals she has for the company, each event, and every single athlete.
"I'm extremely anxious to dive right in and interact with some of these special athletes. If I can help guide them, help them achieve their dreams with Invicta, I'll consider that a success. Plus, who doesn't want to be responsible for making great fights? It's truly a dream job."
The co-matchmakers split a pair of bouts when both were still active fighters, with Young winning via split decision at Ultimate Women Challenge in September 2010 and Kedzie avenging that defeat in a five-round unanimous verdict at Jackson’s MMA Series 4 in April 2011.
A five-time Invicta FC veteran, Young hasn’t competed since a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pa'aluhi at Invicta FC 9 in November 2014.